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April Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Awards Announced

May 23rd, 2016
PHOTO: Thomas Rehbach Football Far North Coast’s April Coach of the Month for April with his Eureka FC Women’s Division 5 team

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for April 2016 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 integral to the success of our sport and vital to ensuring that players enjoy a positive experience within our game. Coaches have a direct impact on whether players continue within football and it’s important that they recognised for their contribution and important role that they play,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

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 to fulfil 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.

“Each of the March winners has brought a lot of enthusiasm, support and dedication to their team’s improvement and worked hard to ensure their players enjoy their time within football,” Haynes said.

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

“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 local coaches who are dedicated to developing their players,” Millett said.

Clubs can nominate their coaches by clicking here.

We look forward to receiving lots of nominations recognising outstanding coaches who give up their time for the enjoyment of our players.


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

Gregory McCarthy

Lake Macquarie City Football Club

Macquarie Football

Greg started coaching an Under 6 side in 2006, after finishing his own football career. Over the past 10 years, Greg has either coached or managed teams, presently coaching LMCFC U15A team. The players that Greg has coached over these years have all stayed with football and all play to this day, due to his initial and ongoing values and football knowledge that he has bestowed upon his players. Greg has the ability to engage the parents, always giving feedback to them in regards to their child. He delivers positive reinforcement and encouragement and is able to engage and gain respect from the most “challenging” of youth. Greg works away most days of the week, sometimes driving 3-10 hours from locations just to be back for training and game days, only to turn around the next morning and travel back again for work. Greg always puts his hand up to do duty officer, fix the lights around the ground, install alarm systems, assist with maintenance, cook bbqs, or clean out change rooms etc without being asked. He is a wonderful role model to his players, ensuring that all players follow his lead in being respectful and courteous to officials, opposition and parents, both on and off the field. He is very much a believer in not only producing great footballers but also in assisting to develop wonderful young men and women along the way. He bestows old fashion values into his players, such as shaking hands, dressing appropriately and taking pride in your uniform, speaking politely and just being generally respectful to everyone involved with our club and in society.


PHOTO: Greogory along with his team and with Newcastle Permanent Warners Bay Branch Manager, Rohan Kelly and Mobile Lending Manager, Jenette Rawlings.


Renee Fox

South Services Gunners FC

North Coast Football

Renee goes out of her way to be not just a coach but a mentor, a friend and a great volunteer for her club. She has managed to play herself and also have time for her team, club and community.


Beau Richards

Medowie FC

Newcastle Football

Originally Beau’s husband Cameron was going to coach the team. However, Cameron has been deployed on active service with the RAAF for the next 7 or so months. Beau stepped up and even though she is in the RAAF herself, is effectively a single Mum for the near future, and has never done it before, she raised her hand to coaching the team. Which has turned out that she is an amazing coach herself!


PHOTO: Beau with Newcastle Permanent Medowie Branch Manager, Mandie Newell and Mobile Lending Manager, Tina Nikic.


Ben White

Wauchope Soccer Club

Football Mid North Coast

Ben works tirelessly on many areas of football, he loves the game and is ready to put his hand up to coach as many teams as he can. Including the younger age groups as he sees them as the future of our game and developing their skills when younger will improve their overall game in the years to come. He maps out training instructions for other coaches and provides support to other coaches as well when needed or asked, he has time for anyone who asks for help. Ben trains football just about every day of the week and even has his hands in futsal which also builds children’s skill levels up for outdoor soccer. Ben believes every child has the ability to play soccer given the right amount of positive attitude and encouragement. Without Ben as one of Wauchope Soccer Clubs coaches I believe we would lose a lot of parent participation in their children’s sport as he provides encouragement and information, and demonstrations so parents have the knowledge and skills to help their children to succeed in a sport they love.


Scott Parsons

Rutherford Football Club

Hunter Valley Football

Scott is the coach of under 17/1, he is also the club president and plays himself in the over 35s. Scott has had these kids now for years now. The kids keep coming back every year and this year was the hardest to put the team together as he had 20 kids wanting him as a coach, which can’t happen, so he made the hard decision to take our returning 14 and add 2 more. Over the past 2 years he even had 17 kids in the team and treated them all equally.


Scott with Sarah White, Hunter Valley Football Operations Manager and Jade Gardiner, Newcastle Permanent Building Society Maitland Manager


Thomas Rehbach

Eureka Football Club

Football Far North Coast

There is no one more deserving of this coaching award than Thomas Rehbach. His commitment to the sport and our team is unwavering – Our women’s team formed in 2014 and largely consisted of mature and enthusiastic, but ultimately novice players. This would prove a challenge for many – indeed many of our partners couldn’t bear to watch us play – but Thomas Rehbach bravely offered to take us on… and he remains our coach today.
We nominate Thomas on the following grounds:
• His enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and he has fostered a team environment where the coach and the players are developing lifelong friendships on and off the field
• He is appreciative of our abilities and works hard to build our self-confidence as well as develop our skills on the field
• He is always positive and proud of us – win or lose; which makes us keep coming back.
• He is our hero. If it weren’t for Thom, there would be no Eureka Women’s team.


John Hopman

Wee Waa United FC

Northern Inland Football

John has coached for a number of years from U8’s to 10-11’s last year and will take on the 12-13’s this season. He has also assisted around the club and taken the role of Vice President within the committee for 2016.


About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across Northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Year, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of over 9,000 free balls to young players.


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