Northern NSW Football congratulates North Coast Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners for October.
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 Recognition 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 October.
Volunteer of the Month
Paul Coulter – Macksville SC
Paul Coulter is the club’s vice-president, MiniRoos co-ordinator and summer futsal manager.
He has been the driving force behind Macksville SC’s MiniRoos and summer futsal competitions as well as captaining and coaching the club’s senior men’s team.
Referee of the Month
David Thorne has been described as an excellent match official who makes decisions confidently, has an excellent knowledge of the laws of the game and a great rapport with players.
This combination of skills establishes credibility and respect among players. Thorne also communicates effectively when players disagree with decisions which makes the game flow more enjoyably.
Thorne is also an excellent role model to new referees, has patience and speaks in a clear, soft tone to help the development of the next generation of referees.
Coach of the Month
Lachy Sole – Urunga Raiders FC
Lachy Sole took on the role of coaching the club’s under-14 girls team with little experience.
Lachy has completed the Skill Training and Game Training certificates since the start of the year in order to give his players the best possible environment.