Northern NSW Football congratulates North Coast Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for June.
The awards recognise the hard work and significant time volunteers, coaches and match officials contribute to Australia’s largest team sport.
NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provided 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,” Haynes 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 were 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 CEO Bernadette Inglis congratulated each of the winners and thanked them for their contribution to the game.
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 in October.
Northern NSW Football, North Coast Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for June.
Volunteer of the Month
Julia Etel – Northern Storm FC
Julia has two young boys who play for Northern Storm in the under-9s and 11s as well as their respective Skill Acquisition Programs.
Not only does Julie coach the under-9s team, Julia manages the under-11s and organises training schedules, keeps in contact with parents and is consistently helping the kids get the most out of their football experience.
Parents are always informed about where games are, what is happening with training and how each game goes. Julia brings a huge amount of professionalism and commitment to her teams as a volunteer as well as fostering an incredible sense of community.
She ensures the kids have fun, learn new skills and realises what being part of a team means. She endeavours to find ways to help players get more out of football beyond their Saturday games including promoting participation at gala days and even organising friendly matches between other clubs if there is a bye.
Julia does all this while working full time as a vet and teacher. It is not that she has the time, it is that she cares enough to make the time. She is passionate about her clubs, the kids and football, with parents describing it as a “pleasure” that their children are involved with her teams.
Referee of the Month
Jarod is new to North Coast Football and has jumped in with enthusiasm.
He has officiated junior games as well as senior women’s matches, now doing refereeing and assisting refereeing at NPL level.
Jarod is a welcome addition to the North Coast Football referee team.
Coach of the Month
Phil Lynch – Bellingen FC
Phil was nominated by Bellingen FC for his commitment over the duration of their service to the club.
Phil has coached at Bellingen FC for more than 20 years.
He is the club’s ‘floating’ coach at the moment, offering the club’s coaches sessions on skills, tactics and specific player roles.
Phil has been described as an “invaluable resource” for the club’s coaches and is a great supporter of players and teams.