NPL Northern New South Wales club Charlestown City Blues will change its name to Charlestown Azzurri as of next season following the removal of the National Clubs Identity Policy.

The decision comes hours after Football Federation Australia announced the NCIP would be replaced with a new Inclusivity Principles for Club Identity policy, allowing clubs to reinstate previous names, insignia or colours previously banned.

Charlestown was one of the clubs pushing FFA to remove the NCIP in its ambition to restore the Azzurri name.

Charlestown will unveil a new club crest and have confirmed it will revert back to its original green, white and red colours as of next season.

The club says it is pleased it will be able to “proudly display its Italian heritage.”

“This acknowledges the clubs proud heritage, having been formed in 1963 by members of Newcastle’s Italian community,” a club statement said.

“At the same time, in the spirit of the ICIP, the club is proud of its diverse membership and continues to welcome people from the broader community.

“Football is the one, universal sport that brings together people from all parts of the globe to enjoy a common interest.”


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