Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for May 2018 across the zones.
“These referees’ contribution to the game through their role as a Match Official has been wonderful,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes said.
“Referees are vital to the enjoyment of the game by players, coaches and spectators alike and these winners have shown that they takes this responsibility very seriously. I congratulate them on their award on behalf of NNSWF and all players, coaches and spectators across the state.”
Each winner will be presented a prize pack including a jacket, cap, water bottle and a referee card set to assist in fulfilling their valuable duties on and off the field.
From the pool of monthly winners, a “Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year” for each Zone will be recognised at the Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.
Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett echoes Haynes’ sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers who generously give back to their clubs and communities. It is great to see a local representative being recognised for their ongoing commitment,” Millett said.
The May Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:
Football Far North Coast
Graham is a current player, who began refereeing in 2015. He regularly officiates on junior and lower level senior football and regardless of what division Graham is officiating, he dedicates himself to the role each week. Graham deserves this award for the commitment he displays, by regularly attending training and coaching meetings and having a willingness to officiate whenever and wherever he is required, at times just to ensure that games are covered. Graham’s efforts deserve to be applauded and congratulated.
Football Mid North Coast
Max began refereeing this season after completing his Level 4 accreditation in Port Macquarie. He has been willing to listen and learn and has attended numerous development gala days as a referee to gain more experience. He has done well in officiating on competitive junior matches and has also been an assistant on senior matches. Max also plays on Friday nights in the U16 competition with the Port United Goannas.
Hunter Valley Football
Sophie, 15, is only in her second year as a match official however, she continues to impress with her positive attitude and enthusiasm towards refereeing. Sophie has a very pleasant nature who presents herself well both on and off the field and always performs her refereeing duties confidently and capably. Sophie is also a very popular and extremely good assistant referee with the seniors. She is a very young and talented referee who is very much respected.
Tarly is a first year referee and has been very committed and willing to develop and improve her skills. She is bright and bubbly with a great attitude which shows out in her actions on the park.
North Coast Football
Kobe is a determined young referee who obtained his Level 4 referee accreditation in 2015. At his first opportunity since turning 16 (minimum age for participating at the Level 3 course), he enrolled and attended the Level 3 course Coffs Harbour last month. Kobe always accepts appointments even if at short notice, and is very enthusiastic to progress further by constantly asking to be appointed to more challenging games.
Northern Inland Football
Mark Armstrong has been an active Match Official in the Northern Inland Football area, providing a consistent level of high match day delivery on and off the field. Mark is continually providing positive and encouraging words to his fellow referees and has even held meetings to encourage and nurture the referee community in the Tamworth competition.