Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates Football Mid North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners for September.
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 Recognition 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 September.
Volunteer of the Month
Michael Wallace – Taree SC
Michael Wallace took over as Taree SC’s secretary this year, returning to the role to help turn the club around.
Wallace led the charge as the club achieved a five-star rating in the National Club Development Program, consistently working towards finally achieving the goal.
Wallace works tirelessly on behalf of the club and is a driving force behind its success.
Coach of the Month
MacKenzie Toone-Spokes – Wauchope FC
MacKenzie Toone-Spokes was nominated by Wauchope FC for her commitment to the club where she has coached their 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.
Referee of the Month
Sam Stewart was nominated by Wauchope SC members.
Sam is one of Football Mid North Coast’s young, up and coming referees that has started assisting at Premier League level. He referees in all Community competitive age groups and respects players no matter their age or skill level.
Sam has a professional manner and manages the game at a high standard. He is able to ensure the game is played safely during all conditions. His communication with players during the game to ensure they are playing safely and in accordance with the rules and guidelines is very accomplished.
We look forward to helping Sam develop his refereeing career.