April Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Awards Announced

May 27th, 2016
FFNC April Volunteer of the Month Winner; Jeff with his wife Wendy and Newcastle Permanent Building Society Lismore Branch Manager, Andrew Virtue

Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award – March 2016

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for April 2016 across the zones.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our game and essential to the success of grassroots football,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

Each winner will be awarded with a certificate recognising their achievement, volunteer jacket and bag, courtesy of Newcastle Permanent, to assist to fulfil 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.

“Each of the April winners have been chosen on their contribution and commitment to their club and ensuring that their club is an enjoyable, safe and inclusive place to participate,” Haynes said.

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

“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 a local being recognised for their ongoing commitment,” Millett said.

All member clubs will be able to nominate their fantastic volunteers via the link below and provide their details and a brief description of their contribution to football.

To nominate a volunteer click here.

We look forward to receiving your nominations for our hard working volunteers!


The April Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from the seven Member Zones are as follows:

Stephen Tredinnick

Edgeworth Junior Soccer Club

Macquarie Football

Steve not only is involved with his sons team, he contributes greatly to ground maintenance and is often at the ground from setup at 7am to pull down after the last game and on all three days of the weekend.


Stephen with Macquarie Football Manager, Warren Read

Michael Sloane

Medowie Football Club

Newcastle Football

Michael is a fresh face to the committee, who has been a very busy bee helping with all facets of the club. I have especially loved how informed I have been this year. Michael is on top of all communication and is very quick to respond to any inquiry, I have actually wondered when he must fit in time for his work, family and personal life, as he gives his 110% to soccer and the club. He also is a friendly face at the field and very approachable. Even with no recognition I’m certain Michael will continue to shine.


Michael with Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Mandie Newell, Medowie Branch Manager and NNSWF Club & Referee Development Officer, Ross Hicks


Jeff Wingfield

Goonellanah Football Club

Football Far North Coast

Like many parents, Jeff stepped forward to help at a member club when his “then 6 year old” child Mathew started playing football. He was first elected to Goonellabah FC Committee in October 1996, where his primary role was as Gear Steward. Jeff has continued to perform this role almost every year since. He has held other positions including President for 4 years and is now Vice President of the Club’s women’s football as well as continuing as Gear Steward. Jeff is a real advocate of women’s football and his passion over the past has been displayed through his commitment to ensuring that female football gets as much respect and resources as are given to men’s football. Jeff is a quietly spoken, hardworking man who devotes hundreds of hours every year to support community football and is a worthy nominee for Volunteer of the Month.


Mark Stewart

Dungog Soccer Club

Hunter Valley Football

Mark has been involved with our Club for a number of years harking all the way back to the 1990’s. In this time Mark has played, coached and refereed as well as being an active volunteer on our Committee serving as Vice President and Groundsman. In fact, there is no job too big or too small for Mark whether it be putting in/pulling out our one tonne goalposts each season, marking the fields or doing general maintenance to our clubhouse – Mark’s your guy. This season for example, Mark has already had significant involvement in setting up new shipping containers for storage at our home ground, levelling the surface around the amenities block & rehabilitation of parts of the ground which get flooded each season, our working bee, formulating team nominations & registrations and coaching one of our junior teams.


Mark with Phyllis Avery, Director of the Hunter Valley Football Board and Sarah White, Operations Manager at Hunter Valley Football

Shanon Tough

South Services Gunners Soccer Club

North Coast Football

Shanon has been the mainstay of the club for some time and a tireless worker in promoting not only the club but junior football in the Clarence. So far this year he has worked with the Zone to support our partner, Newcastle Permanent, at the Cinema Under the Stars in Grafton by organizing and helping to run the Miniroo fields for children. He was also a major contributor in the organizing of a Coaching program held in Grafton by one of the A-League Clubs which attracted hundreds of members from the district. On top of this he works tirelessly to attract young players to the game, all with little or no desire for recognition.


Jo Little

Tuncurry Forster Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

Jo spends countless hours at the beginning of each season sorting the 350 plus registrations our club receives, accommodating as best she can all the individual requests from players and parents regarding teams, sorting out who needs playing gear, copping plenty of flak from those who forget she is a volunteer, and presenting a smiling face at FMNC meetings. Last year Jo did the registrations for another local club on top of ours as their registrar could not figure out the process herself. That is going above and beyond the call of duty!


Catherine Northey

Manilla United FC

Northern Inland Football

This is Catherine’s second year with Manilla and she has made an outstanding contribution. Catherine works full time in Manilla; working at Manilla fruit and veg shop as well as looking after her young children; yet she finds time to help with training the u/6 and u/7 age groups on Wednesday as well as running a team out on Saturdays. She also organises the club catering for all the home games for the Ladies and the Men’s teams as well running the BBQ at other fundraising events. She is a great committee member always bringing fresh ideas for fundraising to our monthly meetings.


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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