March Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Awards Announced

May 2nd, 2016
PHOTO: Matt Morris – Medowie FC and Mandie Newell – NPBS Medowie Branch Manager

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) and Newcastle Permanent Building Society are happy to announce the continuation of Newcastle Permanent’s Coach Recognition Program for 2016.

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: The Coach.

The Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month Award is awarded monthly from March to August to an outstanding coach that makes a significant contribution to their team, club and/or community.

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

“Coaches are integral to the game of football, they help players improve their skills, ability, character and confidence. They maximise the positive value of the game,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

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

Each winner will receive a Newcastle Permanent Community Coaching kit consisting of 6 balls, 20 markers, 10 bibs and a whistle, as well as a polo shirt and cap. Their contribution to football will also be recognised on the NNSWF website network and social media platforms.

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” announced at NNSWF annual awards night.

“Each of the March winners has brought a lot of enthusiasm, support, love and mentoring to the players involved in our game,” Haynes said.

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

“Newcastle Permanent is proud to support community football across Northern NSW and it is great to see clubs working hard to make football such an inclusive sport, while teaching players about discipline and respect, both on and off the field.”

Clubs can nominate their coaches by clicking here.

We look forward to receiving lots of nominations recognising outstanding coaches who give up their time for the enjoyment of our players.

The March Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:

Liam Terry

Nimbin Headers Sports Club

Football Far North Coast

Liam has been a dedicated coach for the Nimbin headers Sports Club during the last 3 years.
He takes his roll very seriously and provides the kids in his team the best support and coaching available. His availability toward the parents and the club are exceptional. He has been training the kids all summer providing the young players with an activity during holidays and keeping them interested toward soccer. This kind of volunteering is so precious to our organisation and an example to the community of soccer. He deserves to be recognised as the coach of the month.



PHOTO: Natalie Lane- NPBS Northern Regional Manager, Liam Terry – Nimbin Headers Sports Club and Andrew Virtue – NPBS Lismore Branch Manager


Abby Baker

Kempsey Saints Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

Abby has coached MiniRoos KSFC 10s team from when they were in the 6s. Despite an increase in school work this year and her commitment to football with playing in the NNSW WPL competition and coaching a 12s Girls team in the FMNC rep system, she has put her hand up to get the season started for the Miniroos team. KSFC, as is every other club, is continually short of coaching staff and hopefully once the season starts someone might help Abby. But at the busiest time of the year for clubs with; getting players registered, coaching staff organised and gear distributed it was very helpful for Abby to volunteer to start the season with the 10s Barracudas. Abby is a great example of how young people can put something back into the sport they play, she always has a smile on her face and represents herself, her family and our club to the highest level.


Andrew Gibbons

Thornton Devil’s

Hunter Valley Football

Andrew puts his hand up and gives up his time every week without hesitation. All the kids love Andrew and my son idolises him.


Jo Powell

Westlawn Tigers Football Club

North Coast Football

Jo was roped into coaching her nephew 8 years ago and has not looked back since. Jo has the amazing capability to make every player feel special. She ensures every player sees the value they can offer the team. She has a built a team culture within these Tigers, that other teams in the competition for years have envied and strive to achieve. She has encouraged girls to play football by demonstrating her love for the sport and making sure that each girl knows that a woman can accomplish anything a boy can do and sometimes even better. She makes our kids believe anything is possible and that they can accomplish anything. She is an outstanding role model for our children and all the parents are blessed that they have this amazing person involved with their kids. She even has taught the kids a few dance moves over the years and last year her secret weapon was making the kids sing “let it go” before each of our final games. Basically she is just awesome and more than deserves this honour


Matt Morris

Medowie FC

Newcastle Football

Matt has taken a role this year as the Zone League Coach. The squad has increased in numbers since he has taken over. He is also the All Age Women’s coach and is assisting with an under 6 team part time. He loves Football and hopes all the kids have a great time and build their skills. He is also running skills clinics for the kids within our club. He is a passionate footballer who spends his time helping everyone to achieve their best.


Wes Clark

Souths United FC

Northern Inland Football

Wes has been a valuable member of our club as a coach, committee member and a player for the past 7 years. He first started with the club in 2009 as a dad that got the job of coaching because no one else would, didn’t have a football background at all but still took up the challenge. He has now been coaching for 7 years and many of the children in the current teams Wes coaches have been with him for all the soccer life. Wes provides a positive attitude and fun to learning football with sportsmanship, friendship and teamwork. Each child he coaches regardless of gender or ability has their own special talent and place in the team. Wes has great respect and friendship from the children to both parents and players.

Coach of the Month - March NIF

Wes with Gavin Flannagan, Northern Inland Football Genral Manager and Newcastle Permanent Branch Manager Julie Callander

Rod Foley

Morisset United Football Club

Macquarie Football

Rod not only coaches 2 teams but has also put his hand up to be part of the committee. Rod is our Junior Vice President and also our Club Coaching Co-ordinator.
Rod has and continues to organise to get all of our coaches accredited. He has brought a higher level of coaching to the club through his own coaching and the courses he has help run and organise for our other coaches. There are kids in Rods team that request to only be in Rods team. He brings a healthy, fun and skilled outlook to the sport. It is a credit to have Rod at the club. Morisset United Football Club would like to thank Rod for all his hard work and dedication.


PHOTO: Warren Read – General Manager Macquarie Football, Rod Foley – Morisset United FC and Jessica Dean – NPBS Morisset Branch Manager


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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