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July Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month Award Announced

August 26th, 2016
PICTURED: Cheryl Windle from Rutherford FC, Hunter Valley Football

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

“Volunteers are the core of our game and are the reason for the success of community 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 July winners have been chosen on their dedication to hours of work, commitment to their club and ensuring their club is an enjoyable and safe place to participate,” Haynes said.

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

“We are delighted that a local volunteer has received this award and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to community football,” 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 July Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from the seven Member Zones are as follows:


Rhonda Van Haren

Cooks Hill United FC

Newcastle Football

Rhonda has been involved in Cooks Hill United Football Club for many years as a team manager, however for the past 2 years Rhonda has taken on the important role of volunteer’s coordinator, which is critical to the successful running of game days. Each week Rhonda organises a roster of volunteers to assist duty teams to set up fields, supervise canteen and run the Miniroo’s games. This is not always an easy task. She is always involved in this roster as a canteen supervisor and always arrives at 7am with a smile. In addition to this she coordinates the teams who are rostered on for duty each weekend, and always ensures they are thanked for their contribution. Rhonda is always on the lookout for, and encouraging new parents to join our group of much needed volunteers. Rhonda has made such a valuable contribution to our club by taking on this role.


Jason Joughin

Green Point Rovers FC

Football Mid North Coast

Jason, known as ‘George’ by all the parents and kids, is an integral part of our club. From organising all of our volunteers, to marking our fields, George is always the first to put his hand up to help. He coordinates all of our juniors, including coaches and managers and is a wealth of information to all of our new recruits. He liaises between all of these groups and reports back to the committee, which takes a lot of the everyday workload away from the committee. George helps our club run smoothly and we all feel blessed to have him on board, he is very passionate about football development and keeping our current juniors to strengthen our senior ranks in the years to come.


Terry Dwyer

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club

Football Far North Coast

Terry is a person who always is willing to lend a hand and help out when needed. He shows outstanding commitment and dedication to Lismore Thistles Soccer Club and we are proud to nominate him for this prestigious award.

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club owns our facility “Thistles Park” and as such there is always something that needs to be repaired, maintained and improved. We can always rely on Terry to put his hand up and do what is required.

Club Contribution:

Terry’s contributions to the club are many and varied and they are as follows;

-A Grounds Co-ordinator which is a time consuming position that require a great deal of commitment to ensure that our fields are in the best possible condition for training and games.

-Line marks and the fields on a weekly basis the 2 senior fields and every 3 weeks marks out the 2 Grade 8/9, 1 Grade 10/11 and 4 Grade 6/7 fields.

-Assist with general maintenance of the fields

-He assist with our Junior Carnival with the setup of the carnival and clean up at the completion of the carnival

-Attends and participates at all club working bees

-Assist with setting up the fields and goals each Saturday morning

-This season he has also carried out the following

-Worked with a surveyor to set out all our fields

-Set up and install new Box Goals on our two senior fields (T1 and T2)

-Put a large concrete pad down for two dugouts on T2

-Organised the construction of metal cages to protect the two new hot water systems and gas bottle from vandalism. He also laid the concrete pad and installed the cages

Over the past two years Terry has been awarded the club’s two highest awards:

-Outstanding Service

Award for a club member who has had a strong involvement with several aspects of the clubs operations throughout the year

-Best Club Member

Award for a club member who has contributed most towards the operations and running of the club throughout the year

Terry is truly an outstanding member of Lismore Thistles Soccer Club and we believe that he is truly and excellent nomination for The Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month.



Doohan Bower

Kootingal & District Soccer Club

Northern Inland Football

Doohan is new to our committee in 2016, however has already made an amazing contribution to our club. He has taken it upon himself to develop our new club’s website One of the main reasons we felt we needed our own website was for our players to be able to register and pay on as our club is involved and promotes itself to many small schools around the Tamworth region. In the last 6 years our club has grown from 9 teams to 42, which in itself is extraordinary. With this came the big need to know what school children go to and when they are registering, so that we can, in most cases, team them up with their school mates. The website that Doohan has developed for us was a huge undertaking that he has done completely free of charge. The back end of the site has made such a significant benefit to our registrar and is providing an enormous amount of useable information at the touch of a button, such as school attended, number of female players, siblings, addresses etc. Our registrar can shuffle players in and out of team’s right up to when the season starts. This way we can do our utmost best to ensure no players miss out. I urge you to take a look at this website and see just how professional of a job he has done, not only just on the registration part, but all the information that the site has on it. This includes things like club policies and coaching guides that have been specifically tailored to our club. The feedback has been so positive due to its very user friendly and modern setup.


Cheryl Windle

Rutherford FC

Hunter Valley Football

I want to nominate a wonderful lady. She does anything for anyone has a heart of gold. Last season she found a lump which by end of season found out it was breast cancer. She has been having chemo since then and this month she will go under the knife to have them both removed.

Cheryl isn’t registered online with my football however has been with the club over 12 years, where her sons have played and even her husband too.

She is our club fundraiser officer. No matter what she is going through she still smiles and even looks after her mum by running back and forward to Cessnock.

She is just amazing lady. She has run raffles, she is the hundred club lady, and anything you want done she will do. She even helped at the Newcastle Permanent’s event Cinema Under The Stars at Maitland Park.



Andrew Campbell

Coffs Coast Tigers FC

North Coast Football

Andrew is a dedicated and supportive member within our club. He not only sets up all fields every Saturday morning, he ensures that the Miniroo’s games run smoothly, he coaches a team (that doesn’t even include his son), assists in the canteen and is always willing to add a helping hand when needed.


Paul Ryan

Valentine FC

Macquarie Football

Paul is not only our gear steward, but works tirelessly every Saturday morning co-ordinating our set up volunteers. Under Pauls leadership, this has grown to a group of up to 20 or more who make setting up 6 under 6 fields, 4 under 9 fields, 3 under 11 and 2 full sized grounds a piece of cake!

At the beginning and end of season, Paul looks after the equipment for 100 teams, makes himself available to assist our coaches and managers with their requirements and is generally a major asset to our club and community.



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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