PICTURED: Manager – Sponsorship and Internal Communications, Marketing & Digital Banking Team for the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Ms Danielle Lilley.
It has only been a week since the Newcastle Permanent Community Winners were announced at Northern NSW Football’s Awards Night but we would like to reflect on, acknowledge and celebrate their achievements again!
The Newcastle Permanent Building Society is the official Community Football Partner for Northern NSW Football and once again this year provided a monthly awards program that recognised the efforts of volunteers, coaches, match officials and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven-member Zones.
From the monthly winners, a panel comprising of Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent representatives have selected worthy recipients of the Newcastle Permanent Community Volunteer of The Year; Community Coach of The Year, Community Match Official of The Year and finally Newcastle Permanent Community Club of The Year.
This year proved to be another tough year in selecting the annual winners, however, it was clear from all of the votes that came in throughout the year, it was another amazing year of football thanks to the effortless work of our volunteers.
Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year – Dave Patterson, Hamilton Azzurri FC, Newcastle Football
Our recipient of the 2017 Newcastle Permanent Community Volunteer of The Year hails from Hamilton Azzurri FC. Dave has been a dedicated volunteer for his club for many years, committing his time to ensure MiniRoos, the 12’s & 15’s plus 7 All Age and Zone Football League Three squads get the best admin effort that is available. Registrations, fixture notification, adjustment to times where necessary are all down with a minimum of stress. This is in addition to his ‘real job’ to mark grounds, check the pitch condition for match day, attend football meetings and still be able to get to play his own game on weekends. Daven has flown well under the radar for many years, doing what is needed with little fuss and his nomination confirms it’s time for him to be recognised for his dutiful efforts. Congratulations Dave!
Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year – Tim Melville, Westlakes FC, Macquarie Football
Our Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of The Year comes from Westlakes FC and is never short on praise and encouragement when it comes to his team of kids. Tim treats each child equally with respect and attention, showing and encouraging them the best way to reach their potential. He instils in the team the understanding that winning with integrity is more important than just winning and that losing with integrity is equally important, with each game a learning opportunity for players to better themselves. His enthusiasm is evident when he is training the kids and coaching from the sidelines, looking for better ways to help the team improve and the respect the kids have for him is also evident. Last season, one of his players was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, that made playing football more difficult but Tim still encouraged him to do his best on the field & is always making sure that he is ok and not in any discomfort. At the start of the season, he asks each player what their goals for the season are and he goes out of his way to help each child achieve their goal. One of his young player’s goals was to become fitter, always try his hardest and not give up, so at his Zone swimming carnival, when he lost his goggles mid-race, he kept on going until the finish. When asked why he didn’t stop, he replied, ‘because Coach Tim told us to never give up!’. This is just one of the qualities that make our winner not only a fantastic coach but a fantastic role model for kids. Congratulations Tim!
Referee of the Year – Zachary Butchard, Hunter Valley Referees
Our Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of The Year comes from the Hunter Valley. Zachary was just 13 years old when he became a qualified referee with Hunter Valley Referees in 2016. The improvement shown throughout the year was outstanding, particularly at such a young age and is a testimony to his willingness not only to watch, listen and learn but to question things he does not understand. The enthusiasm shown both as a referee and as an assistant cannot be questioned as he continually works hard at improving his knowledge of and administering the laws of the game. For his first year, his willingness to listen and ability to take the advice given to him onto the field was impressive. He officiated many games throughout the year, both as a referee and as an assistant, continually showing improvement and confidence. His efforts were rewarded with both semis and grand final appointments as an assistant in older age groups where he performed extremely well making many positive and important decisions. The willingness to learn and the improvements were shown by him throughout the year both as a referee and as an assistant did not go unnoticed and he was recognised by his peers with Hunter Valley Football Referees Association Rookie of the Year 2016. Congratulations Zachary!
Club of the Year – Dunoon United FC, Football Far North Coast
The Newcastle Permanent Community Club of The Year, Dunoon United FC, is located on the Far North Coast. Formed in 1994, in a small rural village with an immediate population of only 1000 people situated 20 minutes from Lismore. The club’s membership increased from 209 in 2016 to 245 in season 2017 with an impressive 41% of players being female. The club has achieved Level Two National Club Accreditation and will soon be the first Northern NSW Club to embark on its Level Three accreditation. Its energetic committee worked closely with Football Far North Coast in 2017 to deliver arguably the most successful Newcastle Permanent Building Society Grand Finals Series ever convened in the zone, over a period of six days and nights and two weekends. The Club has embraced important strategies including the promotion of Female Participation, Coach Education, Girls only MiniRoos, Defibrillator and First Aid training for all coaches and established a specific club policy to support Silent Saturday EVERY week called “let the children play”. Always seeking to raise the bar in all instances in an effort to broker better outcomes for community football, our winner exemplifies the meaning of Community engagement by working with the broader community. Critical work was done even before the football club was formally formed helped create a Sports and Recreation Club that opened in 1993. This was a catalyst for the formal establishment of the club. Football within the village is about participation, sound values and inclusion and the club is built on the fundamental objectives of participation, respect and best practice. This year’s winner demonstrates a positive framework for all community clubs to adopt. Congratulations to all the members of Dunoon United FC!
L-R: David Patterson (Volunteer), Zachary Butchard (Referee), Tim Melville (Coach), Scott McNeill (Club)
If you know of a volunteer, coach, referee or club that you would like to vote for, for season 2018, vote now here.