Knights delve deeper into industry partnership
The Knights are digging deep to support one of the region's most valuable resources, with the Newcastle club extending its partnership with NSW Mining for another three years.
The flagship of the agreement, the Voice for Mining Family Day, will deliver a fun and positive way for the Newcastle and Hunter community to support the Knights and local mining industry.
It will see the Knights take the field at Hunter Stadium in the high-vis replica mining jersey during one of their NRL season matches, with crowd members also encouraged to wear high vis to show their support for the mining industry.
The partnership will also see the Knights play a pre-season trial match against the Canberra Raiders in another strong mining region - Orange - on February 20.
Knights CEO Matt Gidley said the club was "proud of the innovative partnership" between the Newcastle NRL club and NSW Mining.
“The Voice for Mining Family Day is a well supported match day and shows this partnership is a good fit with the people of the Hunter," he said.
“The inclusion of a pre-season trial match in Orange, another key mining area, is fantastic and we look forward to taking our trial to a passionate regional rugby league town.”
The Knights have also confirmed their full 2016 pre-season schedule, which also includes taking part in the Aucland Nines on February 6 and 7.
The first grade trial match in Orange will be supported by NSW Cup and NYC matches the following day (February 21), at Hinchinbrook, while the Hunter will host NSW Cup and NYC trials against Parramatta Eels and Wentworthville respectively on February 13 at Newcastle Sportsground No. 2.
2016 TRIAL SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 6/7, 2016
Venue: Eden Park
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2016
NSW Cup and NYC v Wentworthville/Parramatta
Venue: Newcastle Sportsground No.2
NYC: 5pm/ NSW Cup: 7pm
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Venue: Wade Park, Orange
Kick off: 6.30pm
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2016
NSW Cup/NYC v Mounties/Raiders
Venue: Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook
Kick off: TBA