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Local Coaches Recognised Through Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month Award

July 20th, 2015
Photo: Graham Parsons, North Armidale United (NIF June Winner) pictured with Judi Hansen, Newcastle Permanent Branch Manager Armidale

Northern NSW Football Community Football Manager Peter Haynes is pleased to announce the June Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones.

“The Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month Award is awarded monthly from April to September to a coach that makes a significant contribution to their team, club and/or community,” commented Haynes.

“This is not aimed at results or winning, but a coach who provides a positive experience for all involved,” Haynes concluded.

Each month, one coach from each of NNSWF’s seven Member Zones will be awarded the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the month award.

“Newcastle Permanent is proud to support community football across Northern NSW and it is great to be able to recognise the efforts of coaches who show such dedication to developing their teams,” Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer Terry Millett said.

From the pool of winners, each zone will nominate one community coach to represent their zone for the opportunity to receive the “Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year” award.

Winning coaches will receive a coaching pack courtesy of Newcastle Permanent including six footballs, 20 markers, ten bibs, a whistle, polo shirt and cap.

> Nominate a community coach for Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month


Ian Bishop
Ballina SC
Football Far North Coast

Nomination: Ian is deserved of the coaches award, giving back to the sport, although having no family involved in the team or club he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport.

Ian is:

– Welcoming to new players,
– A great communicator keeping everyone in the loop,
– Appreciative of players abilities and helps them build their individual potential and helping to shape them into wonderful young adults,
– Good role model of respect for team mates and officials,
– Has created such a happy environment the players are developing lifelong friendships,
– Shares his awareness and is mindful of players health, fitness and injuries.
– Forever positive and proud of the team regardless of the result,

A true ambassador for the sport.

Congratulations Ian from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Football Far North Coast.
Luke Ellis
Camden Haven Redbacks FC
Football Mid North Coast

Nomination: Luke coaches his team of under 8 boys with absolute passion. His encouraging words, helpful tips and total patience shows just how dedicated he is to our club. Luke always ensures there is fair play within the team, giving each player a chance to defend their goal, complete a throw in or kick off at the start of the game. Luke works full time but he always makes time for the kids every Thursday afternoon to train the boys and get them ready and excited for the game ahead on Saturday. When the team plays a home game, Luke is always down at the fields to help set up. Each and every game day on Saturday, Luke is there (even in the rain), on the sidelines encouraging each player to have a go and most of all to have fun! We couldn’t ask for a better coach for the U8 Reds. Luke’s little legends adore him.

Congratulations Luke from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Football Mid North Coast.
Nathan Goodwin
Rutherford FC
Hunter Valley Football

Nomination: Nathan is a wonderful coach will do anything for the kids has under 6s and under 8s and also managers over 35/2 on club committee helps out every weekend we also had to clean the ground after the floods he was there with us in the rain.

Congratulations Nathan from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Hunter Valley Football.


Shane McGowen
Garden Suburb FC
Macquarie Football

Nomination: Has a high work ethic and encourages fair play at all times.

Congratulations Shane from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Macquarie Football.


Tony Baird
Mayfield JSFC
Newcastle Football

Nomination: Tony is an extremely dedicated coach. He has done wonders with this team. He sends messages to the boys thanking them for their fantastic efforts every week. He deserves this recognition. Tony Baird is an outstanding coach and is highly respected by all players and their parents. His level of understanding of the game and expertise in training methodology could easily see him coaching a professional or semi-professional team. With this under 12 team and the MUJSC Tony has made a time commitment far beyond that of other coaches. I have been particularly struck by Tony’s sense of fair play, rotating all players when appropriate, regardless of their ability (we have some boys with disabilities in our team) and focusing on what the players are doing well rather than mistakes made. I have never heard Tony raise his voice or make a negative comment to any member of the team. Tony displays a confident, calm and focused leadership and as a role model theses are admirable qualities. Tony’s focus is not all about winning at all costs but rather playing to the team’s best potential and never quitting. All of these life lessons are invaluable and have a real impact on the type of men our boys become. It has been a real pleasure watching Tony guiding our boys and I know his positive influence will have far greater impact than just on the soccer field. I cannot speak too highly of Tony and feel it would be fitting for him to be recognised as one of the region’s best coaches.

Congratulations Tony from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Football.
Matt Marsden
Urunga FC
North Coast Football

Nomination: Matt coaches the Urunga under 10’s. They train on a Thursday afternoon and enjoy the atmosphere and format of the MiniRoos competition.

In addition, Matt plays for the Urunga Raiders’ reserve grade men and the under 17’s. Matt is a very busy and committed club man.

Congratulations Matt from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and North Coast Football


Graham Parsons
North Armidale United FC
Northern Inland Football

Nomination:Graham Parsons was nominated by the Armidale and District Football Association as a thank you for the work he has undertaken to coach and develop junior players over many years.

Graham is currently coaching 2 x Mini Roos teams for Norths United Club in Armidale the U/7 Norths Hawks and U/10 Norths Dragons. In addition to his coaching role, Graham is also supporting the Armidale and District Junior Carnival (Chair of the Carnival Organising Committee) to be held on 2nd August.

Congratulations Graham from Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football and Northern Inland Football.

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