Northern NSW Football Community Football Manager Peter Haynes is pleased to announce the May Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our game and at the heart of football’s success across Northern NSW,” Haynes said.
“Each of the April winners have shown true dedication to their clubs and the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award is well deserved in all cases,” concluded Haynes.
Each winner will receive a certificate recognising their achievement, volunteer jacket and bag courtesy of Newcastle Permanent to assist in continuing to fulfil their valuable roles at their respective clubs.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football partnership provides opportunities to recognise volunteers who give back so much to their clubs and communities. It is great to see such dedicated local volunteers being recognised for their ongoing commitment,” Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer Terry Millett said.
If you would like to nominate a worthy volunteer from your club or zone, please click here to complete the nomination form.
Byron Bay FC
Football Far North Coast
Nomination: Greg Meek has been involved with Byron Bay FC for about 8 years and like most parents, his connection started as a result of a child playing football. But it is not as a coach that Greg’s passion exists, but as the club’s photographer. He takes about 4000 photos every weekend and loads them to a SmugMug gallery linked to the BBFC website, in addition to supplying a selection to local papers along with match reports.
The publicity Greg provides for Byron Bay FC and local football is outstanding. While most people sit and relax to watch a game, Greg has a unique perspective through a camera lens, but he simply loves it! Greg modestly goes about his passion, taking photos at as many Byron Bay FC games across juniors and seniors that he can get to. Greg does it all for FREE, saying, “My football pictures are free. I don’t charge for downloads or publication. It’s purely a love job.” Greg makes special mention of several people at BBFC, Kerry Northcott, Peter Keenan, Menno Koopmans and Rob Kempnich, who he says, “are a tireless and inspirational crew.”
Congratulations Greg from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
Kempsey Hornets FC
Football Mid North Coast
Nomination: Kerry gives up her time freely each and every training day and game days volunteering in the canteen. She is a foster parent to 6 children and 5 of them play in our club and she still supports their teams. We would be lost without Kerry’s help.
Congratulations Kerry from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
Singleton Strikers FC
Hunter Valley Football
Nomination: Singleton Strikers Football Club wishes to nominate Graham Sheppard for a ‘Volunteer of the Month’ Award for April so that his tireless volunteer efforts for the Club are recognised within football’s wider community.
Graham is Life Member of the Singleton Strikers.
For as long as anyone can remember, Graham has been the groundsman at our home ground Howe Park, and it is for his yeas of faithful service in this capacity that he was recognised for Life Membership.
But in March/April 2015, Graham has exceeded the already high standard he sets for himself with his volunteer efforts.
The earlier planned start of the NEWFM season meant a clash of users at Howe Park with local cricket finals being contested well into the start of the football season.
When cricket did finish, we had only 1 week to re-establish Howe Park as a football venue.
Now, as you would be aware, there is a lot involved in setting up a playing arena, and being midweek most of volunteers were limited in the time they could commit to field preparation due to work commitments.
Graham took it upon himself to take leave so that the ground would be ready for the first game.
Setting the goal posts; surveying the lines; running string lines; mowing & marking the lines; watering, fertilising & mowing of the playing surface; Graham undertook it all himself.
But most of his efforts in were turning the cricket pitch from a rock hard deck suitable for a cricket final, into something suitable for a football match.
A combination of watering, aerating, seeding & rolling, over a number of days had the cricket wicket suitable for the first game of season 2015.
On top of this he cleaned out the change sheds and referees room, and tidied the gear shed.
It was a truly remarkable effort.
And now……unfortunately……as a result of the recent storms & flooding…….’Shep’ will be hard at it again……making sure Howe Park recovers and is fit to play on as soon as possible.
Graham is also the sort of character who hates the limelight, and never seeks acclaim for his efforts…….he would never go to NNSWF to be presented with an award such as this…..it’s just not him.
Graham would be a very worthy ‘Volunteer of the Month’ award recipient.
Congratulations Graham from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
Warners Bay FC
Nomination: Darren is a tireless worker for Warners Bay FC. As well as his duties as President, he coaches teams and was instrumental in getting Warners Bay FC into the Women’s Premier League Competition. He is always on hand to make sure the Club runs smoothly.
Congratulations Darren from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
Mayfield United JSFC
Nomination: Andrew is a wonderful asset to our club. He takes time out of his busy work and life schedule to mark out our grounds each week. At the beginning of the year he meticulously paces out and plans the set up for our MiniRoo fields, making sure to rope them to ensure they lines are straight, grass is mowed and painted lines are dark and noticeable.
He has been a Committee Member and Coach for our club for the last 5 years, his dedication to not only the children in his team, but also the children in the club is commendable and we cannot think of a person more deserving of this accolade than Andrew.
Congratulations Andrew from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
Westlawn Tigers FC
North Coast Football
Nomination: Matt Cheyne stepped into the role of Westlawn Tigers club president when the then president had to suddenly step down at the start of the season.
Matt has taken up the role while he continues to play premier league for the Tigers, runs the morning 6’s & 7’s MiniRoos hub, sets up the fields, acts as duty officer and mentors two of the club’s junior coaches.
Congratulations Matt from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.
East Tamworth FC
Northern Inland Football
Nomination: Andrew has been a member of the East Tamworth Football Club Committee for a number of years. He has served the Club as President for the past 4 years presiding over a small and dedicated team (of four) who each take on numerous responsibilities required to keep the club functioning. Andrew attributes the Clubs growth and development as a reflection of the effort put in by the committee as a group.
Andrew’s leadership has been instrumental in the Club raising funds through sponsorship that has enabled the club to improve their image on the field with new jerseys providing a professional look for players. The Club under Andrew’s leadership has also promoted a strong culture of sportsmanship and respect for team mates, club officials and the opposition and match officials. Andrew has been very active in working with Club coaches to ensure the players and parents understand the purpose of the Mini Roos development program. East Tamworth Club has great support from their coaches with 9 coaches recently attending the pre-season Grass Roots training course in May 2015. Andrew actively promoted the Course and encouraged Coaches to attend.
Under Andrew’s leadership, East Tamworth Football Club prides itself on a very high level of communication to parents and players and the Club is always looking to do more. Most of all, the Club rewards its players at the end of the season with a fun family presentation day. All these factors help us retain our existing players and encourage more to join our growing club.
On Game days Andrew is always a highly visible presence at the playing fields and always willing to offer encouragement and support.
Congratulations Andrew from Newcastle Permanent and Northern NSW Football.