Newcastle Jets help Emerging Jets juniors feel part of the club

The Emerging Jets will wear the first-team playing kit and undergo a name change as the A-League franchise aims to make its juniors feel part of the club.

The junior program will drop the “Emerging” from its name and be known simply as the Newcastle Jets Academy when the club takes it over from Northern NSW Football this weekend.

The academy’s boys teams will play as the Newcastle Jets, but girls sides competing in the Sydney NPL will retain the Emerging Jets moniker.

“The way we’re looking now it’s one team, one town. Whether your W-League, National Youth League, Emerging Jets, you’re just part of the Jets,” chief executive Lawrie McKinna told the Herald on Tuesday. 

“The new kit is all being ordered. The training kit will be the same as the first team and the playing strip will be the same.”

Players in all squads will be introduced to the crowd at the Jets members’ day on Saturday morning at McDonald Jones Stadium before the A-League squad play an intra-club trial game.

Academy director Mike Cooper, McKinna and first-team coach Ernie Merrick will also attend an induction night for players and parents at the stadium on October 9.

The Jets have not changed the academy’s participation fees, which range from about $1200 to $1500 depending on age. 

Northern NSW has picked the Jets squads for the 2018 season and will continue to manage teams for junior national titles, but the club will choose its academy players for 2019 and beyond.