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Long-standing partnership kicks off community football season

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Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has scored a major goal… just in time for the start of the winter season, which kicks off this weekend.

The organisation will continue its long association with Newcastle Permanent, a role it’s held since 2008.

It comes as thousands of players and match officials take to the pitch from Friday 21 April, throughout the region, for the opening round of the 2023 community football year.

Newcastle Permanent’s chief distribution officer Paul Juergens and Northern NSW Football CEO Peter Haynes with players from Cooks Hill FC. Photo: NNSWF

The customer-owned financial institution also boasts the naming rights to senior grand finals across NNSWF’s seven member zones, Primary School Gala Days and the Junior Development League as part of the partnership.

As well, Newcastle Permanent has provided more than 120,000 free footballs to entry-level players since 2008, with a further 10,000 being distributed this season.

NNSWF CEO Peter Haynes hailed the alliance between the two bodies.

“This partnership has been ongoing for the better part of two decades now and, in that time, Newcastle Permanent’s support has ensured the region’s largest sport remains affordable, fun and safe,” he said.

“Many families experienced difficulties over the past couple of years due to the pandemic and natural disasters.

“We understand that.

“And, we are committed to partnering with Newcastle Permanent to ensure our game remains accessible and young players start the season with a ball at their feet.”

Chief distribution officer Paul Juergens also welcomed the benefits of the enduring affiliation.

“Newcastle Permanent’s relationship with NNSWF helps local families lead healthy, happy and active lives; provides valuable equipment and signage to the community clubs; and goes towards stabilising player registration fees for all participants,” he said.

“As a keen football fan, I look forward to seeing the next generation of champions putting our balls into the back of the net this season.”

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