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Football Mid North Coast Announces its 2017 Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners

November 21st, 2017
PICTURED: Michelle Kelly, FMNC Volunteer of the Year, with Kayla Yates from Taree Newcastle Permanent branch, Michelle is also 2018 President of Cundletown Football Club who were named FMNC Club of the Year in 2017.

Football Mid North Coast (FMNC) would like to congratulate this year’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Yearly Winners in their Zone.

Official Community Football Partner, Newcastle Permanent Building Society once again provided the monthly award program to recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, coaches, match officials and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven-member Zones.

FMNC Club and Referee Development Officer, Justin McIntyre, said that this was another tough year in selecting the annual winners for their zone and congratulated those who received their deserved award.

“We have so many people who deserved recognition for the hours and work they put into football and it always makes it a hard decision to single people out,” McIntyre said.

“We’d like to thank everyone involved within the Zone and congratulate our award winners.”

“Both Craig (referee of year) and Michelle (volunteer of year) have been a pleasure to deal with throughout the year and have done a great job; Courtney (coach of year) has been a fantastic role model for the girls in the High-Performance SAP set up as well as on field as a player.”

“A lot of our clubs are doing some great things within our Zone and Cundletown (club of the year) are certainly one of those. Well done to everyone!” McIntyre concluded.

Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer Terry Millett echoed McIntyre’s sentiments and said Newcastle Permanent is proud to honour those who give up their time to assist in the community.

“Without the dedication of volunteers, coaches and match officials such as these generous people – grassroots sports including football, would not survive. These committed people make it possible for kids to lead active, healthy lives, ” Mr Millett said.

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


Newcastle Permanent Club of the Year

Cundletown Jets FC

Cundletown Jets Football Club this season has been incredible with a strong and vibrant committee. The club has been amongst many new initiatives and also achieved Level 1 Accreditation from the FFA as part of the National Club Accreditation Scheme. Cundletown becomes the 4th club from the FMNC zone to achieve this joining Kempsey Saints FC, Tuncurry Forster FC and Great Lakes United FC. All these other clubs mentioned are Premier League clubs so in achieving this accreditation Cundletown has proved that the pathway is achievable for all community clubs from the biggest to the not so big.


Craig White being presented his award by Adam Power from Port Macquarie Newcastle Permanent branch.

Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year

Craig White

Craig is an awesome guy helps absolutely everyone. He is a fair referee who is dedicated to the game. He is unbiased to any specific situation and is encouraging and supporting of those around him. He is always willing to help anyone out with anything to do with soccer and his dedicating work to the game shouldn’t go unnoticed. Congratulations Craig on your award!


Michelle Kelly being presented her award by Kayla Yates from Taree Newcastle Permanent branch.

Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year

Michelle Kelly

Cundletown Jets FC

For the last 5 years, the club had been run under the control of one individual. This year, a new committee took over and had to learn from scratch. Michelle was appointed as the club’s secretary. As the season has built up, our President has not involved herself, the registrar has had to tend to a family member due to serious, life-threatening illness, the Treasurer ruptured his patella tendon, and so on. Michelle has picked up the slack across the board. She has taken the responsibilities of the President when dealing with meetings and serious issues when they arise. She coordinates the registration of new players and team allocations. She manages the canteen, ensuring supplies are maintained. She is there when the canteen opens and mans it till it closes. She manages the collection of match fees, uniform sales and has organised for all committee members, managers and coaches to be kitted out in club shirts. As well as manage the takings from the weekly canteen. She is the prime contact between the club and FMNC. She was the person that organised the club to take part in the Aldi MiniRoos, pre-season skills development. She also is a part contributor to managing the club Facebook page. Also, from week to week, when someone is away, or sick, she just fills in for them, no questions asked. She has become the backbone of the club, yet it is done with little recognition of what she has taken on and deserves recognition. Congratulations Michelle!


Courtney Anderson being presented her award by Adam Power from Port Macquarie Newcastle Permanent branch.

Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year

Courtney Anderson


Courtney is a very dedicated coach. She is professional both on and off the pitch and is adored by her U12 SAP girls and parents. She spends her time coaching and training over the region with the travel alone sometimes taking hours. Courtney also plays in the 1st Grade Herald Women’s Premier League team for FMNC and never misses a session or game. I am her coach in her 1st Grade WPL squad and she inspires me to be a better coach. FMNC Congratulates her for her deserving award.

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