If they ripped the turf at Clive Joass Memorial Fields at Woolgoolga looking for salt of the earth, they’d probably find club presidente Peter Knott scurrying about.
In his third year at the helm, Peter is the heart, soul and mind of the sneakily big club in North Coast Football.
And he’s a deserved winner of the Newcastle Permanent Community Volunteer of the Month for September.
Peter runs his own carpentry business out of Woolgoolga, so he’s no stranger to crafting quality.
And that extends to his guardianship over the football club.
He played juniors for the club in the early ’80s before a sabbatical – broken when his own daughter wanted to give the beautiful game a go as a four-year-old.
That heralded a homecoming 11 years ago for Peter to the club where it all started. And he hasn’t skipped a beat since.
Woolgoolga are oft not mentioned when people mull the giants in NCF – but they should be.
“We had almost 400 registered players last year and were looking to probably add 150 on to that in early March this year when the coronavirus hit,” Peter said.
“That’s a fair effort considering we have Corindi just up the road and Korora just down the road.”
Peter was quick to deflect any personal praise for the phenomenal numbers. and somewhat non-plussed as to why Woopi had become such a player magnet.
“It’s nothing I’ve done – it’s more of a club effort,” he said.
Pressed, he felt the club’s concerted effort to reach out into the community might be a factor.
“We have changed things up with a number of community-based activities – like with a fundraiser that saw us able to give $5000 to the local cancer unit,” he said.
Peter’s Volunteer of the Month citation notes his efforts have sometimes been at the expense of his day job.
“It’s just one of those things – I help where I can and do what I can,” he said.