MacKenzie Toone-Spokes from Wauchope FC named Football Mid North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year

October 14th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce MacKenzie Toone-Spokes as Football Mid North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year for 2020.

Toone-Spokes was nominated by Wauchope FC for her commitment over the duration of her service to the club.

Toone-Spokes has coached Wauchope’s combined under-6/7s team for the last two seasons.

The 17-year-old manages two teams of little girls all enjoying their first year of football. MacKenzie is professional in managing the girls and talking to their parents.

She also plays with the club and, despite being in her senior years at high school, ensures she is at every training session and game each week.

MacKenzie has been described as a role model for her players and is polite, friendly, enthusiastic and organised. She communicates well with parents and has assessed the needs of her players before developing individually tailored and targeted support, helping her build a strong rapport.

Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise Toone-Spokes’ contribution.

“Coaching is one of the most important factors in the football experience had by our players,” Haynes said.

“It is important that coaches like MacKenzie continue the great work they are doing at Wauchope FC so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”

Newcastle Permanent Port Macquarie Senior Branch Manager Adam Power congratulated Toone-Spokes on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award for Football Mid North Coast.

“Coaches are integral in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential,” Power said.

“Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting community football across northern NSW and recognising those coaches who demonstrate a passion and dedication to developing their teams.”

As the winner of their Zone’s Community Coach of the Year award, Toone-Spokes is now a nominee for Northern NSW Football’s Annual Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award to be announced during the week commencing 26 October.

About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High-Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

Integral to the Newcastle Permanent Community Football partnership is recognition of volunteers, coaches, referees and others on the ground who play a vital role in delivering the game across northern NSW.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Year, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of more than 10,000 free footballs to young players each year.

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