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

May 26th, 2015

Northern NSW Football Community Football Manager Peter Haynes is pleased to announce the April 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


Kieren Clarke
Kyogle FC
Football Far North Coast

Kieren Clarke from Kyogle is doing his Year 12 studies in 2015 but has still given generously of his time to coach TWO grade 7 teams.

Finding a coach for junior teams is often difficult and small clubs like Kyogle FC have even more obstacle with so few people available to call upon.

When Kieren realised that the Kyogle Grade 7 Kestrels and Kyogle Grade 7 Kookaburras were without a coach, he quickly put up his hand to help.

Being the son of club president Allan Clarke and starting as a junior player himself, now playing in the senior team, Kieran appreciated the importance of supporting the kids in enjoying their football experience.

Despite now devoting time for his studies as well as senior football commitments, Kieren has really embraced the opportunity of coaching both teams, which allows them to all train together.

The kids relate to Kieran so much better than an adult and his focus is completely on making football fun.

Although there will be times that Kieren will be unable to be with both teams on a Saturday morning, he is really looking forward to the new season and he is a worthy nominee for Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month for April.

Congratulations Kieren from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Kevin Sinclair
Kempsey Saints FC
Football Mid North Coast

Kevin Sinclair is Kempsey Saints FC’s Director of Coaching as well as coaching Reserve Grade Premier League side, YD1 Boys, 14s Girls and 14s Boys.

His dedication to the coaching of young players with-in the club is second to none. He provides an opportunity for many young people to enjoy this wonderful game.

Kevin is also Club Secretary and helps with many roles around the club, he is a true club person.

He runs AIA Vitality Miniroos referees of a Saturday morning, providing them with support and encouragement leading them into Level 4 refereeing and as such is a worthy recipient of the award.

Congratulations Kevin from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Frank Mesina
Cessnock United FC
Hunter Valley Football

Frank is always available to help wherever he can, he has a disabled child in his team and also coaches the club’s special needs team, a group of all types of disabilities and all ages. He manages to keep their attention with playing fun games to interact with them.

He is a busy man with being a high school teacher and still manages to take time out with his caring nature for these kids.

Congratulations Frank from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Scott Harvey
Belmont Swansea JSC
Macquarie Football

Scott has been on the Committee for Belswans for a number of years as Registrar and plays in the Over 35s team.

He is coaching one daughter in Under 8s at Belswans and also coaching another daughter who is playing Under 12 A for Valentine.

Congratulations Scott from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Laura Ranger
Mayfield United JSFC
Newcastle Football

Laura has joined the club this year and has already shown a keen interest in being involved.

She has two younger kids who will also be joining the club when they’re old enough, and plans to join the committee in 2016, already attending association meetings on behalf of the club.

Being unfazed by wet weather, she called all the families to her house so that the kids could still train in her yard and get to know each other.

She has also made up a team song for the kids, combining different lines from each child’s favourite song.

She will be a great and valuable asset to the club and deserves this award.

Congratulations Laura from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Adrian Pickup
Boambee FC
North Coast Football

Adrian is a stalwart to our Boambee FC, whose passion and ability add a great deal to our offerings.

He has completed all of his training as a coach. His accomplishments from last year where he coached and managed both our women’s reserve and first grade with both of them finishing minor and major premiers have been added to this year.

He has assisted the club’s reputation to grow and the club have been lucky enough to attract enough players to have three women’s senior teams.

Adrian has taken on the coaching of all of these teams. Adrian has solidified these teams to be a strong group, who enjoy playing, who give their all each week.

Adrian has also stepped up to assist Under 7s learn and enjoy the game of football. Adrian also jumps in and assist setting up, working in the canteen and advising the committee. He has also started sharing his knowledge of the game with other coaches and players of the club.

Adrian is a vital part of Boambee FC’s coaching team – who would be lost without him.

Congratulations Adrian from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.


Chet Davies
East Armidale FC
Northern Inland Football

Not only is Chet the Coach of East Armidale reserve grade, he coached Armidale Under 19s in the Acropolis Cup and combines his time as a coach and curator preparing the best pitches in Armidale.

Congratulations Chet from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.

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