Female Football Week Community Awards

March 21st, 2017
NNSWF CEO, David Eland, handing ‘Male Champion’ Strat Kapalos, a signed Westfield Matildas playing shirt and a Westfield Gift Card.

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) would like to congratulate Kathie Bestwick from Football Mid North Coast (FMNC) and Strat Kapalos from Wallsend FC, within Newcastle Football, for their Female Football Week Community Awards.

Nominated by NNSWF in a pool of nominees from across the other State Federations, the Female Football Week awards were established to identify players, coaches, administrators, referees and males who have gone above and beyond in the delivery of women’s football.

Female Football Week’s national ambassadors assessed nominations and selected a winner for each category based on a set of criteria.

Kathie Bestwick won the Administrator Category, from her involvement and responsibility for the administration of the FMNC Women’s Premier League (WPL) and National Premier Leagues (NPL) squads.

During her time as president of Green Point Rovers, Kathie developed the club into a vibrant community club with the highest female participation in the zone (over 50% females), she also ran a Miniroos competition recognised as the most organised of the southern FMNC clubs.

Kathie also organised all coaches in the club and pushed them to gain accreditation and manage venue training times. She became FMNC WPL coordinator in 2013, managing all coaches in the WPL and organising communication between assistants and coaches, player’s records including match times and training attendance on all WPL players.

Kathie is well respected by all NNSWF WPL clubs and visiting teams including technical directors and coaches. Kathie’s three daughters have all played for FMNC clubs and FMNC WPL squads.

Strat Kapalos was the ‘Male Champion’ for his involvement at Wallsend Football Club for over 20 years taking on a myriad of roles over the time including coach, finance manager and president.

Most recently Strat has been appointed General Manager of Wallsend FC Women’s division after several years of advocating for female football within the club and the subsequent growth due to his passion.

Strat has always put the game of football and his club first, although the addition of three daughters has changed his perspective and focus regarding football to one that advocated and includes females.

Strat has led the club with distinction over the years and has worked tirelessly towards the clubs transformation to include female football in all areas. Strat has helped establish several female community teams at Wallsend FC in both U12 and U14 and has been instrumental in gathering interest in NNSWF ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off for Girls programs that are run by NNSWF.

His passion also extends to the NNSWF Herald WPL. In 2014 Strat was instrumental in securing Wallsend FC a place in the competition after applications were opened for an extension to the competition.

Strat is keen to see a link at Wallsend FC between the community teams and the WPL and has created a culture at the club which is holistic and inclusive of all abilities and aims to create a pathway for females.

In the past four months, Strat has established the Wallsend Girls Development Academy for girls aged 12- 18. The programs aim to attract more females to Wallsend FC and develop participant’s football skills throughout the offseason and improve confidence going into the next season of football. His personal business ‘Kapalos Building’ has also been an annual player sponsor for the Newcastle Jets Women’s team in the Westfield W-League.

On behalf of Northern NSW Football, we thank both Kathie and Strat for their contribution, enthusiasm and dedication in Female Participation in football.


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