Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for September 2020 across its Zones.
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.
“It is very pleasing to be able to recognise Ava, Josh, MacKenzie, Maya, Lloyd, Joshua and Wade for displaying the attitudes and behaviours that NNSWF is trying to instil in all Community Coaches,” NNSWF Head of Development Peter Haynes said.
“Providing an effective learning environment in a safe and fun way is key to clubs providing a positive football experience to their players and this group of coaches should be commended for their commitment to their clubs and teams.”
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 six balls, 20 markers, 10 bibs and a whistle, as well as a polo shirt and cap, to assist in fulfilling their roles at their respective club.
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.
Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Coaching plays a vital role in developing the skills and attitude of young players,” Juergens said.
“Through the Newcastle Permanent Community Football Awards, I am delighted we can recognise the efforts and contribution of local coaches who are dedicated to developing their players and teaching them valuable life skills.”
The September Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Ava Stuart – Tumbulgum Rangers Sports Club
At the start of the 2020 season, Tumbulgum Rangers had no grade six MiniRoos coach/team leader. The vacant position was circulated through the club’s social media channels and now 14-year-old Ava keenly applied to fill the volunteer role.
Ava has been playing football for five years with Tumbulgum Rangers and is a highly valued member of the mixed grade 13 team. Most afternoons after school, Ava is seen training at the local field.
Ava has also achieved her referee accreditation this year and is enjoying her rostered game allocations in a proficient manner. Early signs suggest she will make a positive contribution through her refereeing as well.
Ava is a young, polite and enthusiastic leader and a wonderful mentor for the young girls and boys she coaches.
North Coast Football
Josh Brown – Orara Valley SC
Josh Brown was nominated by Orara Valley SC for his commitment to the club where he coaches the under-15s team.
Football Mid North Coast
MacKenzie Toone-Spokes – Wauchope FC
MacKenzie Toone-Spokes was nominated by Wauchope FC for her commitment to the club where she has coached their combined under-6/7s team for the last two seasons.
The 17-year-old manages two teams of little girls all enjoying their first year of football. MacKenzie is professional in managing the girls and talking to their parents.
She also plays will the club and, despite being in her senior years at high school, ensures she is at every training session and game each week.
MacKenzie has been described as a role model for her players and is polite, friendly, enthusiastic and organised. She communicates well with parents and has assessed the needs of her players before developing individually tailored and targeted support, helping her build a strong rapport.
Northern Inland Football
Maya Olrich – North Companions FC
Maya Olrich was nominated by North Companions FC for her commitment to the club where she coaches the under-14s white team.
The team were without a coach at the start of the season and were desperately in need of someone with some playing experience.
The club registrar asked Olrich if she would be interested and she willingly took on the role, despite not knowing any of the young people or families associated with the team.
Olrich was simply willing to give her time to support other young people to engage in and enjoy playing football.
The year 12 student juggles her coaching responsibilities with her HSC studies, two part-time jobs and her own sporting commitments where she plays with the club’s women’s team.
Maya is a young person who is making a positive contribution to her community.
Hunter Valley Football
Lloyd Vitu – Rutherford FC
Lloyd Vitu coaches Rutherford FC’s under-7s team.
Vitu is incredibly encouraging, not only to his own team but also the opposition. He speaks positively to both teams and encourages good play on the field, often cheering, clapping and offering words of praise when either team scores.
Vitu sets a perfect example for MiniRoos coaches with his behaviour on and off the field.
Joshua Lloyd-Jones – Mayfield United JSFC
Joshua Lloyd-Jones coaches Mayfield United’s under-12s Tigers team, offering plenty of hard work and dedication to the role.
He has been described as professional, passionate, skilled, motivating, fun and fair – all wonderful attributes for any community coach – with the players particularly fond of his style and demeanour.
Wade Covey – Toronto Awaba FC
Wade Covey has taken on the role of coach for the first time this year. He attends every club meeting and passes along information to parents.
With Covey new to coaching he spent lots of time educating himself online so he was ready to go for the season. Wade has made changes and adapted his training and has always kept families informed.
Covey has developed a great relationship with the team and is supportive, kind and encouraging to all as well as being fair and committed.