Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners announced for October

October 1st, 2020

Northern NSW Football congratulates Football Mid North Coast’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 Recognitions 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

Leanne Coleman – Port Saints FC

Leanne joined Port Saints FC as canteen manager last year following many years volunteering with a different sporting code.

She displays a genuine enthusiasm for the work she does with Port Saints FC and her passion for improving the players’ experience at the club has never wavered, even after a turbulent year due to COVID-19.

Her warmth and welcoming nature have been instrumental in increasing parent volunteer numbers over the last two years.



Referee of the Month

Gerald Hoskins

Gerald Hoskins 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.

Gerald has a strong personality and is a confident referee. He has worked hard this year, particularly on his fitness and it has showed having stepped up to Coastal Premier League and reserve grade fixtures last month after years of officiating third grade men’s football.

Gerald has great communication skills and easily deals with on field conflicts. He is well respected by his peers and by the footballers he officiates


Coach of the Month

Travis Goldsmith – Taree Wildcats FC

The club’s under-13s team lost their long-term coach at the start of the year, with no parents able to coach the team.

Travis Goldsmith, one of the club’s Coastal Premier League players, heard the team needed help and put his hand up to take on the challenge.

Travis focuses on the kids having fun at training while improving their skills. His belief is that if the players are having fun, the results will come too with their position on the table evidence to support his positive style.



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