Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates Football Mid North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners for August.
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, Football Mid North Coast 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, Football Mid North Coast and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for August.
Volunteer of the Month
Tony Judge – Iona Sports Club
Tony Judge was nominated by Iona Sports Club for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.
Judge has worked countless hours behind the scenes organising his entire club as its secretary, getting Iona Sports Club ready and prepared for the 2020 season.
He also does an outstanding job training young players and giving them knowledge every week.
Coach of the Month
Stuart Bate – Camden Haven Redbacks
Stuart Bate did not hesitate to put his hand up to coach the club’s first all-girls under-11/12s team at the start of the year.
Bate had the squad training during pre-season and, once the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions started to ease, had his team back on the field training hard, yet safely.
Bate has a positive approach to female participation, has a willingness to be an active force in growing the game for young girls and is a strong yet compassionate leader of his team.
He has a constantly upbeat attitude and embodies everything a club hopes to have in a coach. His commitment to his team and its future will see his group of girls and plenty more after them grow enormously within the game.
Referee of the Month
Max Hillier – Football Mid North Coast
Max is one of Football Mid North Coast’s younger referees. He has stepped up to centre NPL matches recently as well as assisting on Coastal Premier League matches.
Max is regarded as a talented young referee, keen to learn with a promising future.