Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for June 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.
“Coaches are often the window into our community football clubs. They can sometimes be the only interaction our players and their parents have with a club,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“It is coaches like Violet, Phil, James, Ben, Peter, Scott and Ben who continue to ensure that their clubs are a good place to play and their players are enjoying a positive football experience.”
Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Coaches play an integral role in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential,” Juergens said.
“Newcastle Permanent is proud to recognise Violet, Phil, James, Ben, Peter, Scott and Ben for their valued contribution to community football in northern NSW.”
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 clubs.
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 June Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Violet Innes – Byron Bay FC
Violet is the coach of the club’s girls under-12s team, a group she has coached for the last five years.
The girls started together in the inaugural girls MiniRoos pool as under-8s and have stuck together since. The girls adore Violet and speak of her as a supportive, caring and fun person.
Violet has fostered a positive and energetic environment for the girls that is reflected in their increased confidence. Violet is a terrific player in the Byron Bay FC women’s premier league team and she encourages the junior girls to watch the senior teams play.
Violet is a great mentor and role model for the young girls at Byron Bay FC in the under-12s team but also more broadly for other girls at the club.
North Coast Football
Phil Lynch – Bellingen FC
Phil was nominated by Bellingen FC for his commitment over the duration of their service to the club.
Phil has coached at Bellingen FC for more than 20 years.
He is the club’s ‘floating’ coach at the moment, offering the club’s coaches sessions on skills, tactics and specific player roles.
Phil has been described as an “invaluable resource” for the club’s coaches and is a great supporter of players and teams.
Football Mid North Coast
James Goldsmith – Taree Wildcats
James is a committed coach at Taree Wildcats, coaching the under-9s Leopards and Ladies Leopards as well as the club’s Coastal Premier League side.
James also leads the club’s recently started Tiny Tots program with some teenage coaches.
Northern Inland Football
Ben Todd – North Companions FC
Ben is a player and coach for North Companions FC. He coaches under-7s, under-13s and under-16s teams for the club.
Ben shows great enthusiasm for the game and the players. He often gives individual tuition in the breaks. He never misses a game and is always there with a smile and encouragement for all the players.
Ben is a great example of how an enthusiastic and engaged coach can help create a fun and positive environment that develops skills while encouraging kids to continue to play football.
Hunter Valley Football
Peter Brown – Bolwarra Lorn FC
Peter was nominated by Bolwarra Lorn FC for his commitment over the duration of their service to the club.
Peter is a marvellous coach, teaching his under-9s players about positioning on the field and to look to pass to a player in a better position.
Peter has been described as a “wonderful person and coach” with parents feeling lucky to have him involved with their team as he has the respect of his players while being able to let them have a good time.
Scott Bradley – Mayfield United JSFC
Scott was nominated by Mayfield United JSFC for his commitment over the duration of their service to the club.
Scott has coached the under-14s girls team for three years. He is an incredibly supportive coach, shows great patience and knows when the girls individually need a boost or extra support.
He encourages them to no end and supports them to be better players and team members. Scott has helped his players continue their love of football whether they are winning grand finals or not.
Ben Mulligan – Warners Bay FC
Ben has instilled not only the fundamentals of football but above all else great attitudes and sportsmanship in his under-7s team.
Ben’s focus is not only to develop top players but also top little humans. He recently saw his team fill in for the opposition when they were short to ensure that both teams enjoyed their game.