Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners Announced for April

April 26th, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in North Coast Football for April.

The awards recognise the hard work and significant time volunteers, coaches and match officials contribute to Australia’s largest team sport.  

NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football, Ross Hicks said the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise those who make the game what it is today.

“Without this month’s winners, football simply would not be in the position it is, each of these winners has made an outstanding contribution to their clubs and deserve to be recognised.

“Community Football relies on a collective effort and these awards reflect the appreciation extended to everyone who plays a role in progressing our game.

“I am pleased we are able to thank and acknowledge each of them on behalf of the sport, thanks to the support of our major sponsor, Newcastle Permanent.”

Each of the winners was selected from a number of nominations made by club colleagues and observers of the game.  Each winner receives unique packs from Official Community Football Partner, Newcastle Permanent to help them in their endeavours.

Newcastle Permanent Coffs Harbour Branch Manager, Erica Farag, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.

“Volunteers, referees and coaches are the lifeblood of football and without their hard work games would not happen every weekend. Our thanks goes to the thousands across Northern NSW who give their time so generously and ensure players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field,” Farag said.

From the pool of monthly winners, North Coast Football will nominate one winner from each category to represent their Zone for the opportunity to be named “Newcastle Permanent Community Football Winner of the Year” to be announced at NNSWF’s Annual Awards Night in October.

Northern NSW Football, North Coast Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for April.

REFEREE OF THE MONTH

Luke Walker

Luke has shown great promise since being selected for the Talented Officials Program in 201. He continues to improve his centre refereeing and Assistant Referee work to the extent he is one of the first picked as an Assistant Referee for FFA Cup this year and has already officiated at an NCF Premier League and Reserve Grade level in 2019. Luke is a good role model for new referees.

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

MANDY TRAYNOR

Mandy volunteered to be the Registrar two years ago even though she doesn’t have any children playing for the club. She has dealt with the tumultuous change in software programming with absolute professionalism and guided the club through the changes. As well as being the Registrar, Mandy has also been actively involved in many other aspects of the club including the procuring of a grant to enable the club to reduce our registration fees and thus encourage more young people to join. Mandy has also been instrumental in managing club uniforms and has generally been a go to person for issues…Not bad for a working mum with a busy schedule outside of voluntary work.

COACH OF THE MONTH

MATTHEW RYAN

Matt is a fantastic coach and club-man. Apart from being a supportive coach of his U10 team, he has also volunteered to take on the club coaching coordinator role this year. Matt goes to great lengths to make things happen off the field to arrange team bonding activities and keeps the team together though the summer by coaching them at summer sixes and nippers. He is also a painter and recently gave up his personal time to paint our club storage containers for at no charge.

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