Women in Sport Festival inspires the next generation of Jets and Matildas

Northern NSW Football teamed up with the Newcastle Jets to showcase football and celebrate women and girls’ roles at Lake Macquarie City Council’s Women in Sport Festival.

The NNSWF and Jets teams were on the ground handing out Play Football information, chatting with festival goers and encouraging them to have a go at the giant kicking target.

According to Natalie Boyd, NNSWF Female Participation and Inclusion Officer, the festival was a chance to promote gender equality and showcase the many benefits of football for girls and women.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with the Newcastle Jets for this event," said Boyd. "Football is a fantastic sport that can bring people together, and we're proud to be part of a community that is helping more girls and women get involved."

Matt Starr, the General Manager of Customer and Community at the Newcastle Jets, echoed Boyds' sentiments and emphasised the importance of supporting women's football at all levels.

"The Newcastle Jets are committed to encouraging more girls and women to get involved in football," said Starr. "We're proud to be part of this festival, and we hope that it will inspire the next generation of Jets and Matildas."

Newcastle Jets' role models Taren King & Emily Garnier were on hand signing autographs and having a kick with kids. This was a highlight for many and will encourage those involved to consider playing football in the future. 

Festival goers also had an opportunity to try a range of sports and were treated to a host of female focused activities. These included inspiration breakfast address from Jelena Dokic, night noodle markets and performances from Clare Bowditch and Georgia Winchester. 

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