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Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award Winners for July Announced

August 1st, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for July 2018 across the Zones.

Football enriches character, intelligence, coordination and skill and each season, brave men and women step up to the plate and take on the task of helping our young athletes reach their potential: The Coach.

“Coaches are often the shopfront of our Community Football Clubs,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

“They can sometimes be the only interaction our players and their parents have with a club. It is coaches like these who continue to ensure that their is a good place to play and that their players are enjoying a positive football experience.”

Each month, one registered coach from each of NNSWF’s seven Member Zones will be awarded the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month award.

Each winner will receive a Newcastle Permanent Community Coaching kit consisting of 6 balls, 20 markers, 10 bibs and a whistle, as well as a polo shirt and cap, to assist in fulfilling their roles at their respective club.

At the end of the season, each Zone will nominate one community coach from their pool of winners, to represent their Zone for the opportunity to be named “Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year” announced at NNSWF annual awards night.

Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer, Terry Millett echoes Haynes sentiments and applauds those who received the award.

“Newcastle Permanent is proud to support community football across Northern NSW and, through our Community Football Awards, to recognise the efforts of a local coach who demonstrates such passion and dedication to developing his team,” Millett said.


The July Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:

Graham Armstrong

Goonellabah Hornets

Football Far North Coast

Graham has been involved with Goonellabah FC for almost 10 years and answered the call several years back to coach a junior team. He is now the coach of the Goonellabah Grade 14 team that participates in the FFNC division 2 competition. Graham is acknowledged as having a positive attitude and encourages the players to have fun and play in the right spirit.





Darren Barlow

Port Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

2018 is Darren’s sixth year coaching his team. He has given up so much time and energy to coach the kids, often rearranging his personal and work commitments to ensure he doesn’t miss training or a game. The kids started as 5-year-olds that had no idea about the game, and through Darren’s coaching and guidance, have all grown into very capable and passionate players. Without Darren’s patience, encouragement, caring attitude and love of the game the kids would not be the skilled players they are now as many of them going on to represent their school and have made local development squads.





Chris Stothard

Cessnock City Hornets

Hunter Valley Football

Chris has put a new team together this year at the Cessnock City Hornets and has put in so much of his time to get the kids together to train well and play as a team. He is always giving so much positive coaching and the kids all respect him and what he has to offer them. He does this because he has a passion for football and enjoys teaching the players new things and improving their skills. Chris also helps out the Cessnock City Hornets where he can assisting in whatever they ask or need. Chris shows nothing but respect and great sportsmanship to all players, referees and other team officials which is providing a great role model for the players in his team to follow. A great team has got to have a great leader and Chris is definitely the right person for the coaching role.


Dave Paget

Barnsley Football Club

Macquarie Football

Dave grabbed the opportunity to coach an U/12s team this season of which very few of the players had played together before. He quickly got the team playing as a team and now the team has begun to enjoy on field success.



Shyan Scott Dehaas

Medowie Football Club

Newcastle Football

Shyans dedication to Medowie FC is unparalleled. He is part of the committee, is an administrator and point of contact for the clubs social media, he coaches and captains the men’s all age group, as well as coaching the under 6s Group 7 team. More of his days than not are spent coaching, contributing, expanding, playing and representing Medowie FC. He has proven himself to be a great motivation for the men’s team and a great role model for the younger generations under his care. He has created meaningful and supportive relationships with all of the younger players and always coaches and teaches the boys to play with integrity and respect. Shyan has fostered and continues to feed and grow the enjoyment and life long love of football for all the under 6s under his care. He is always happy and helpful and spends his personal time making sure the team is well organised and ready. He always takes in to consideration the individual needs of each child to even the smallest of aspects like making sure the detergents he uses to wash the boys shirts are suitable. A truly invaluable asset to the club.


Peter Sechi

Coffs Coast Tigers FC

North Coast Football

Peter has been a valuable member of the Coffs Coast Tigers Football community for many, many years. Over this period, Peter has grown as a coach and a valuable volunteer. His positive attitude is a valuable asset to all three teams that he coaches, and as such, has gained him valued respect from both the players and their families. Peter is always there to assist a team in need and offers valuable guidance to coaches whenever it is requested.


Brad Hilton

Inverell FC

Northern Inland Football

Brad gives his all to his players respect and treats them as his own. While focusing on improving their soccer skills, a lot of time is also spent on fostering the kids personal development. Respect for themselves, respect for their team mates, match officials and their parents has been a big part of the last eight months. The kids are thriving under his guidance and having a lot of fun doing it, and to be honest, so is he!

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