Newcastle Jets training session in Nelson Bay draws throng of supporters

The Newcastle Jets stopped by Port Stephens on Saturday to train and meet their fans.

Hosted by Nelson Bay Football Club at Tomaree Sports Complex, the full Jets squad completed an open training session before meeting some 400 spectators and fans, signing merchandise and smiling for photos.

Before the weekend, Nelson Bay FC president Glen Eder said the visit was an “unbelievable opportunity”.

“To have a team like the Jets, who play in our national competition, come to our home field in our hometown to train is an unbelievable opportunity,” he said. “It’s wonderful. Normally we have to travel hours to see anything like this.”

Even Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer and councillor Glen Dunkley had a good time.

Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna said the open training session was an opportunity to thank the club’s many supporters in the Port Stephens area.

“This is a great opportunity for the Jets to make a presence in Port Stephens, we have a lot of fans who travel down to our games and it’s time we show our appreciation for their continued support,” he said.

“We’re really focused on engaging with the community and grassroots football, a massive thanks must go to Alloggio, Port Stephens Council and the Nelson Bay Football Club for making this possible.”