Northern NSW Football congratulates Football Mid North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for May.
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 October.
Volunteer of the Month
Riley Papas – Camden Haven FC
Riley is the club’s coaching co-ordinator and men’s coach but he does so much more than that.
As coaching co-ordinator, Riley has helped ensure all teams have a coach. Where teams were without, he sourced coaches from the men’s squad, helping the club’s seniors to give back to their juniors.
Riley has made himself available to all coaches, day and night, to assist them to get going for the season, ensuring they have the right gear and knowledge to lead the club.
As a coach, Riley is an inspiration to young footballers. Only in his early 20s, Riley leads the men’s squads with maturity and skill well beyond his years. He has the club progressing in the FFA Cup and last season his squad was undefeated. Riley has achieved all this while also playing. Player-coach is an incredibly tough role but Riley does it with ease.
On top of this, Riley is a tower of strength to the other volunteers within the club, helping to cut through the mess and get things done. He is one of Camden Haven FC’s key volunteers on game day, despite having his own work commitments to juggle.
When floods decimated the town, Riley was one of the first volunteers back helping out. When something needs to be done, Riley is the one recruiting helpers and getting on with the job. He never complains, never asks for anything in return. He is a role model volunteer, player and coach and any club would be lucky to have a Riley in their mix.
Referee of the Month
Lucas officiates matches for Football Mid North Coast and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
The young referee is having an outstanding 2021 so far. He has an excellent temperament and has been in excellent form at WPL and NPL junior level.
Lucas has just been appointed to his first men’s competition game and handled a very competitive game well.
Coach of the Month
David Vernon – Camden Haven FC
David has coached junior football teams for the last five years. He shows patience and understanding for a robust group of boys and now girls.
David treats his team members equally and does not show favouritism to any of its members, providing a positive experience each and every training session and match for the players and their families.
His passion for the game, love he has for each of the children and how he continues to help make each of them better players and humans stand out as exceptional qualities in a coach.
David continues to find time to coach while working six-day split shifts and has three children of his own to raise with his wife who also works full time.
But he is always the first to arrive at each training session in case children arrive early and the last to leave.