Northern NSW Football today announced its winners for the rebel Female Football Week Awards at its annual Female Football Week Networking Event held at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Friday night.
The event was attended by more than 60 women and men to recognise and highlight the contribution that women make throughout all levels of the game, from local grassroots to Herald Women’s Premier League.
Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said the night was a fantastic opportunity to meet and thank those who work so tirelessly to make the game function.
“NNSWF has always been a proud supporter of women in the game and there is no doubt, that we have been fortunate enough to lead the way in female participation and programs.
Earlier in the month NNSWF was recognised for this by the Office of Sport at its inaugural Her Sport Her Way awards when it was awarded ‘Outstanding Organisation Award’ for its significant contribution to the advancement of women’s sport.
“This recognition is due not only because of our fantastic staff such as our Female Participation Officer, Holly Ayton – however the incredible support and work undertaken by club volunteers, players, match officials and coaches which helped us achieve a 4.6% increase of players across all seven Member Zones in 2019,” said Eland.
2019/2020 Awards Winners of NNSWF rebel Female Football Week Awards:
Female Coach of the Year – Rachel Bax
In 2019, Rachel was the coach of Northern NSW Member Zone Football Mid North Coast’s under-12 girls team based in Port Macquarie.
Rachel’s positivity progressiveness as a coach, created a fun football environment where young players are able to build confidence.
Rachel was also a successful applicant for the 2019 Northern NSW Football C-Licence Coaching Scholarship and attended parts one and two of the course at the end of last year.
Female Administrator of the Year – Laura Ranger
Laura is a wonderful and dedicated volunteer who has put years of hard work into Mayfield Junior Football Club.
She has worn many hats during her time at the club from starting off coaching her son’s under-6s team to joining the committee as secretary. Laura implemented the MiniRoos Kick-Off program, which is now in its third year, and has stepped back into the registrar role alongside her role as MiniRoos Coordinator.
Laura was approached by NNSWF to pilot the National Club Development Program on behalf of her club, of which she promptly completed the online component and provided feedback on the process. The results of the NCDP application confirms the great work being done by Laura and the committee at Mayfield Juniors Football Club.
Male Champion of the Year – Stewart Hume
Stewart is Alstonville FC’s MiniRoos Registrar and was a key driver in setting up the MiniRoos for Girls Kick-Off program and All-Girls Summer Skills program. Stewart encourages many females to take up coaching and creates a positive environment for them to do so.
Stewart registered a rebel Female Football Week club event and continues to provide opportunities for all involved in the club. He coaches five MiniRoos teams in addition to his roles, to support development programs at the club.
Female Referee of the Year – Tanya Jones
Junior match official Tanya was an assistant referee for Tenambit Football Club, displaying herself as a competent centre referee in 2019.
Tanya demonstrated she could supervise and officiate games extremely well. Team officials from a number of teams, spectators and executive committee members commented on how impressed they were with her level of confidence and clear instructions.
The local football community have acknowledged Tanya as one of the best referees of her age.
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for your continued commitment to female football throughout our region.
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