Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners Announced for August

August 30th, 2019

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

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,” Hicks said. 

“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.

“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers who generously give back to their clubs and communities. It is great to see a local representative being recognised for their ongoing commitment”, 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 August.



Ben Winter

Ben Winter is a Level 4 referee who is dedicated to improving his officiating. He has refereed to Under 14 years in the local NCF competition, and regularly referees SAP and NPL games. Ben has an assistant referee in the Premier League Men’s Division this year, impressing senior referees with his continued improvement and willingness to listen to advice.



Peter Knott

Woolgoolga United

Pete has worked tirelessly to get the season up and running. He sets up fields, helped with registrations, coordinates teams and coaches – there isn’t anything he hasn’t been involved with!



Rhys Jones

Macksville Stingers

Rhys coaches  a ‘fledgling’ team and, week after week, experience huge losses on the field. Most have been double digits. However, Rhys has such a positive and encouraging attitude, despite such huge losses. The team has such a happy and welcoming vibe and all the girls enjoy playing.
Rhys never shows frustration at the play and thanks each of the players individually as well as the other teams’ players, the officials and the other coach. His focus is on growth and improvement, not winning. As a result of his calm and supportive approach to coaching, the team feels comfortable playing together. His approach to the game is an example for coaches of all grades.

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