Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for May 2018 across the zones.
“Clubs simply cannot run without the contribution of people like our Volunteers of the Month’s ongoing dedication to their clubs has been fantastic and should be celebrated,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes commented.
“Their clubs will be better football clubs for the contribution that they’ve has made through their passion, hard work and willingness to ‘roll the sleeves up’ and help to provide the best football experience possible for their clubs players, parents and spectators alike.”
Each winner will be awarded a certificate recognising their achievement, volunteer jacket, and bag, courtesy of Newcastle Permanent, to assist in fulfilling their valuable roles at their respective clubs.
From the pool of monthly winners, a “Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year” for each Zone will be recognised at the Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.
Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer 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,” Millet said.
“It is great to see a local representative being recognised for their ongoing commitment.”
The May Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:
Football Far North Coast
Kevin has mowed and tenderly cared for the grounds at Eureka, in most cases without any backup for the whole off season and most of the previous two seasons. He also does the line marking and continues to play despite being having his best playing-days behind him. Eureka is not a council ground so there is no upkeep or maintenance performed by council which makes Kev’s effort all the more remarkable.
Football Mid North Coast
Bruce starts his day setting up the fields ready for play. Once he has set up the mini fields, he progresses to the competitive teams set up and after that is done he then organises his cadet referees and runs the mini competition. His day continues with the competitive teams where he will run a line- be the ground official and help out in the canteen when they are busy. Seniors then kicks off where he is a manager and after the game, he stays back to help pack. Bruce has been doing this now for over 15 years and is the face behind Wingham Warriors. He also runs a fund raiser “every ” Friday night for the Wingham Warriors at the local bowling club where he raffles a seafood tray. Great work Bruce!
Weston Junior Football Club
Hunter Valley Football
Scott has dedicated many hours of his day and night to arrange Weston Juniors’ fields to be usable. Before he volunteered to be grounds keeper, the fields were brown and full of holes and now they’re green, well kept and all holes filled in and grass seeds planted. He even paid for all the dirt and grass seeds himself! He is at the grounds till 1am most nights moving hoses. Without his dedication and hard work, the kids would be playing on a hard ground.
Trish is at all training sessions and on Match Days gets to grounds at 7 to set up the fields (putting out bins. ensuring amentaties are open and clean ready for the day). She then runs the canteen and BBQ all day and is always there for the packing up duties. Every single Saturday all year, Trish does all of this with such commitment and often misses out on her sons away matches because of it.
Merewether Advance FC
Greg has taken on the role of secretary, clothing coordinator, social/events organiser and has been a vital part of ensuring the club can run well and provide enjoyment to its members. He often cooks the BBQ’s and helps out wherever required and anyone in the club who asks for assistance. Despite his work commitments, he is often in charge of setting up the ground, linemarking, helping with the canteen and managing issues that arise. He has also managed to secure us several sponsors that have greatly assisted the clubs position and allowed the club to add much more value and culture than before.
North Coast Football
Skye is an integral part of keeping things running smoothly at all levels throughout her club in her role as Club Secretary. As all Club Committees know, their secretary is the first point of contact for the club and through hours of work, makes sure that all matter administration are completed to allow the players and coaches at all levels to get onto the pitch. Skye does all that as well as the organising and running of the Club’s Annual Junior Gala Day. She provides Maclean FC and the members a wonderful level of service which is greatly appreciated.
Quirindi Football Club
Northern Inland Football
Steve has incredibly passion and showcases it to truly make a difference and contribute to what his clubs aims to achieve every day of the week – make the game more enjoyable for everyone to play and be part of. Steve took on the role of Club Coaching Co-ordinator in 2017 and continues in that role in 2018, arranging and promoted coaching clinics for parents which ensures the juniors have people qualified to coach them now and in the future. Coupled with this, Steve put his hand up to co-ordinate the newly formed junior girls competition, both on game day, and by holding weekly training sessions specifically targeted at the development and enjoyment of the club’s junior girls. Steve’s passion for the game doesn’t stop with the juniors as he is in his second year of head coach of the club’s men’s squads after he joined the club’s first grade playing ranks in 2016. With a wife, four children and a fulltime job, it’s remarkable how Steve covers all the roles he has within the club, let alone how he does it to such a high level. Quirindi FC is truly grateful to Steve for the contribution he and his family make.