March Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Awards Announced

May 2nd, 2016
PHOTO: Kim Fearnside from Shores United receiving her award from David Parker, Ballina Branch Assistant Manager of Newcastle Permanent Building Society, along with Kim’s children Natalya, Patrick and Noah.

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

Volunteers are at the heart of our sport’s success and week-to-week implementation. This award, supported by our Partner in Community Football, Newcastle Permanent Building Society, will recognise the significant contribution of over 8,000 volunteers in the sport, across Northern New South Wales (NSW) throughout the 2016 season.

Every month, NNSWF in conjunction with its seven Member Zones will select one (1) registered volunteer from each Zone to be awarded Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our game and essential to the success of grassroots 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 March winners have been chosen on their contribution and commitment to the recruitment program at their club, with each showing true dedication in helping their club recruit players.

“Successful recruitment for clubs is important in strengthening and growing the club, the game and to provide further development opportunities for young players, which makes the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award well deserved,” Haynes said.

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

“We are delighted the following local volunteers have received this award and have been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to community football.”

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 March Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from the seven Member Zones are as follows:


Kim Fearnside 

Shores United

Football Far North Coast

Kim has been an integral part of Shores United now for four years, where she is the club registrar, canteen convenor, secretary, number one supporter and taken on the role as club treasurer this season as well. In addition to her extensive volunteer work for Shores, she is a married mother with several young children who keep her very busy at home. Kim’s energy seems to have no limits regardless of what demands are placed upon her and she is always positive, upbeat and admired by all who are involved at Shores United FC.


Rebecca Harper

Wallamba FC

Football Mid North Coast

Rebecca started marshalling our club last year as interest in Wallamba FC was at an all-time low and we had no money. Through fund raiding activities and a cracking canteen on hub days our club is financial again and this year we are currently re-branding, giving the place a “coat of paint”! Along with her she has a small band of willing friends is creating an amazing ‘vibe’ and club culture, where you will see Wallamba FC grow each year! She is also creating job templates for positions at the club, so as each new person joins there is a process for them to follow and expand on.


Julie McDonald 

Cessnock PCYC

Hunter Valley Football

Julie  has been at the club for nearly 20 years. Her sons moved on to higher competition clubs several years ago but she comes to every registration day and never misses a home game where she runs the canteen. We would really struggle without her.

PHOTO: Steve Reid – PCYC Manager, Chris Berry – NPBS Cessnock Branch Manager, Julie McDonald from Cessnock PCYC and Sarah White – HVF


Jodie Thornber

Orara Valley Football Club

North Coast Football
Jodie is not only the registrar but she organizes ordering all the strips, assists with organizing food and more fundraising events for the club. She steps in to help wherever needed. She is at most premier league games cooking the BBQ’s as well. She gets quotes for different equipment and is overall helpful for the club.


John Gow

New Lambton FC

Newcastle Football

John has been registrar with the club for 6 years and has carried the club through the introduction of online registrations, the introduction of SSF and a 600% increase in the number of non-competition at the club. John’s major contribution has been in the huge effort he has put in lobbying for and forming girl’s only teams, forming teams of kids who are playing with their mates and juggling the annual array of competing requests as new parents come into the club. As the gateway to the Newcastle and NNSW club of the year in 2015, John continues to provide a quality of care that makes a huge difference to young families.


PHOTO: Ross Hicks -NNSWF Club & Referee Development Officer, Jessica Bruty-Booth – NPBS New Lambton Assistant Branch Manager, John Gow from New Lambton FC


Tammy Cabitza

Inverell and District Soccer Association (IDSA)

Northern Inland Football

Over the last 5 years our club has grown from approx. 180 registered players to just over 400 players. I understand that Inverell has the largest individual club in the NIF zone. In 2015 our club fielded 44 junior teams! Tammy traditionally has taken on the role as both secretary and registrar as well as the canteen coordinator and website designer. Two years ago she gave up the role of secretary (unwilling of course) but at the start of each season Tammy patiently talks parents through registrations, fixes up errors but also assists in the arduous process of trying to select 44 (even) teams over 5 junior age groups. This also involves a lot of reshuffling with disgruntled parents and uneven results within the first few weeks of every season. Tammy does all this without complaint and with no expectation of formal gratitude. Tammy has been involved in the club for over 10 years.


Kara Shultz

Morisset United Football Club

Macquarie Football

Kara volunteered this year to be registrar. As everyone knows this is a massive role, especially at the beginning of the season.  Kara has gone above and beyond with chasing up registrations, sorting out teams, coaches and managers, creating club data bases for better communication and transparency. Whilst doing her nominated role Kara also has spent many hours writing and re-writing agendas, making information packs, editing club document, ordering uniforms. Somewhere in her spare time Kara also helps out around the club and watches her kids play. If asked to do anything, it is never a problem and as a club we would have struggled to get things done without her. It is people like Kara which allow kids to play sport as without them we don’t have a club. Morisset United Football Club would like to thank her for her hard work.


PHOTO: Warren Read – General Manager Macquarie Football, Kara Shultz – 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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