Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for July 2021 across its 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.
“It is pleasing to be able to recognise Hunter, Rock, Craig, Daniel, Andrew, Bray and Matt for demonstrating the attitudes and behaviours that NNSWF is trying to instill in all community coaches,” NNSWF Head of Development Peter Haynes said.
“Providing an effective learning environment in a safe and fun way is key to clubs providing a positive football experience to their players and they should be applauded for their devotion to their clubs and teams.”
Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Our community football coaches play an integral role in nurturing and developing our young players each and every week,” Juergens said.
“Newcastle Permanent congratulates Hunter, Rock, Craig, Daniel, Andrew, Bray and Matt for their valued contribution to football and the community as a whole.”
Each month, one registered coach from each of NNSWF’s seven member zones is awarded the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month award.
Each winner will receive a Newcastle Permanent Community Coaching kit consisting of six 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.
The July Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Hunter O’Neill – Tintenbar East Ballina FC
North Coast Football
Rock Bailey – Maclean Football Club
Rock donates his time every week to coach more than 20 under-7s player, which is a difficult task.
He does it weekly without complaints and is genuinely teaching the kids excellent skills. Rock has purchased some of this own equipment to ensure the kids can be learn everything necessary to improve their skills.
Football Mid North Coast
Craig Bulmer – Western Phoenix FC
Craig’s contribution to his under-18s girls team is incredible. As well as reviewing matches, Craig also does individual stats of every player to show what players did well and what they can focus on which has helped many individuals develop as players.
Craig has inspired his players, with the girls thanking him for his efforts and contribution.
Northern Inland Football
Daniel Murphy – Moore Creek FC
Daniel gives up so much of his time to coach the club’s under-11s and under-16s teams.
He is well respected by the young kids and he also gives up his time to help manage the senior teams on Saturday afternoons.
Daniel is a well-respected member of the club.
Hunter Valley Football
Andrew Flannery – Clarence Town FC
Andrew was born and bred in Clarence Town. He runs a local business and supports the community in many ways. One way is by sacrificing his own time and money to close his business early on training nights to coach the club’s under-12s team.
The team is made up of under-11s and 12s children including six girls, some having never played before. Andrew encourages them and teaches his skills he acquired through playing representative football in his own youth days.
He talks to each individual child to encourage them before the games and helps those that need extra support. For a thrown together team that no one thought had a chance in under-12s competition Andrew has trained them well and got them to enjoy playing as a team. They are yet to lose a game this season.
But it is not about winning, it is about having fun and all the kids in the team leave with a smile on their face and they all love it.
Bray Russell – Shortland United FC
Bray and his wife put in so much effort to help Shortland United’s under-8s Pandas team. Bray communicates well with parents and is always there to lend a hand.
Bray treats the kids with respect, encourages them and supports them when needed.
Bray is a valued member of the club also taking on the roles of player, committee member, referee and parent. Whenever anything needs to be done at Lower Tuxford Park, Bray is there ready to help all weekend.
Matt Walker – Dudley Redhead United Senior FC
Matt is a passionate member of Dudley Redhead United Senior FC consistently volunteering his time to support the club from maintenance duties to manning the barbecue and supporting the club’s many charity days.
Matt has recently volunteered his time as coach for Dudley Redhead’s newest women’s team playing in the All Age Women’s H grade competition.
Many of the women have come from Northern NSW Football’s Kick-On for Women program or are mums taking their first steps onto the field doing something they never thought possible.
Matt has proven to be a champion of women’s football having personally advocated the creation of the relatively small club’s third women’s team.
Matt is a patient, empathetic and proactive coach who empowers each member of his team to achieve their personal goals.