This season 1200 registered volunteer club administrators and more than 8,000 volunteers successfully supported 4,487 of teams belonging to 228 clubs across Northern NSW Football.
These volunteers are at the heart of the success of football in Northern NSW and without them, teams could simply not take to the field.
Newcastle Permanent Building Society official Community Partner for Northern NSW Football again provided a monthly awards program that recognised the efforts of volunteers, coaches, and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven member Zones.
At the end of the season, each of the Zone winners were reviewed by a panel of Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent representatives and the yearly winners were selected.
Congratulations to the following winners who were honoured at the annual Northern NSW Football Awards in Newcastle on 14 October 2016:
Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year
Jill Hepburn – Richmond Rovers FC
Zone: Football Far North Coast
Jill has been a loyal club volunteer for over half a century and has been a secretary of Richmond Rovers FC club for more than 50 years.
Jill is like the ‘hard drive’ of the club. She knows every meeting, grant, invoice and bill to be paid that is forthcoming. As the club’s chief financier, she undertakes the banking and keeps a track of every dollar owing or owed to the club, including developing a program of progress payments for those needing a hand to pay club fees in order so they can still enjoy their football.
Like all volunteers worth their salt, she helps out in the canteen as well as participating in executive roles such as attending all Zone meetings. She was appointed life membership in 1992 and continues her roles within the club with great passion and dedication.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football partnership provides opportunities to recognise volunteers who give back so much to their clubs and communities. It is great to see Jill being recognised for their ongoing commitment,” Andrew Virtue, Newcastle Permanent Branch Lending Manager, Lismore.
Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year
Wes Clark – TamworthSouth United FC
Zone: Northern Inland Football
Wes has been a committee member and a player for the past seven years. He first started with the club in 2009 as a dad that got the job of coaching because no one else would.
He has now been coaching for those seven years and many of the children in the current teams he coaches have been with him for all their football life.
He provides a positive attitude and applies fun to learning football with sportsmanship, friendship, and teamwork as his main aim.
Each child Wes coaches regardless of gender or ability, has their own special talent and place in the team and as a result, he has earned great respect and friendship from both the children and their parents.
“Coaching plays a vital role in developing the skills and attitude of young players, and it is great that Newcastle Permanent can provide the opportunity to recognise the efforts of Wes who is dedicated to developing his players,” Julie Callander, Newcastle Permanent, Branch Manager, Tamworth.
Newcastle Permanent Club of the Year Award
Wallamba Football Club
Zone: Mid North Coast
Over the last season, the small but dynamic club, located on the Mid North Coast nearly doubled in size, increasing from 56 players to 98. This increase has been brought about by a hardworking committee dedicated to improving facilities for their members. The club started the 2016 season as an entirely new committee, led by President David Weller and Vice President Andy Harper. The work that this group has done to revitalise Football in their area has been remarkable.
The club almost folded two years ago and the new committee engaged Northern NSW Football and Football Mid North Coast to assist with all aspects of running a successful club and offering coaching education to local coaches creating a positive experience for all their players and parents.
The small but dedicated committee have worked tirelessly to bring the club up to a standard its members appreciate thus attracting many more players and volunteers. It just goes to show how some dedication to the roles and engaging support from the relevant bodies produces positive outcomes for all.
“It is great to see clubs going the extra mile to give back to their local community and we are delighted to provide those opportunities through our support of Community Football across Northern NSW,” Brett Willing, Newcastle Permanent Branch Manager, Forster.
Northern NSW Football would like to thank Newcastle Permanent for its generous support of community football and congratulate the winners and thank them for their valuable contribution to grassroots football across Northern NSW.