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Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award Winners for August Announced

August 29th, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for August 2018 across the 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: The Coach.

“I am thrilled to be able to recognise these coaches for the embodying the attitudes and behaviours NNSWF is trying to instil in all Community Coaches,” NNSWF Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

“Providing an effective, safe and fun learning environment is key to their club providing a positive football experience to their players and they should be commended for their commitment to the club and their team.”

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, 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” announced at NNSWF annual awards night.

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

“Coaching plays a vital role in developing the skills and attitude of young players. Through our Community Football Awards, I am delighted we are able to recognise the efforts of local coaches who are dedicated to developing their players,” Millett said.

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

Ken McPherson

Italo Stars FC

Football Far North Coast

Ken McPherson has one of the most astute football minds in the region and has the unique history of being a twice men’s premier coach of the year and a former player of the year. Ken has coached with several clubs and despite his typically quiet manner, has an ability to understand and communicate in a way to get what players perform at their best. When Italo Stars FC encountered serious issues in 2017 including the club facilities being damaged by a major flood in Lismore, Ken stepped forward to help resurrect the senior player base and give support as a senior and respected football figure.


Kane Pollard

Port United FC

Football Mid North Coast

Over the past two and a half years Kane has managed to keep the same team together and lead them to two Grand Finals,  one Premiership and a Zone Title in 2017. It’s through his leadership, dedication and his ability to communicate with the young team that allows them to continually improve their skills and performances. All players know their role in the team and they play to their strengths. Everyone receives equal game time during the season and if the match result is unlikely to change during the second half he will even shift the goalkeeper and defenders up front to allow them the chance to experience the attacking side of the game. Kane leads by example in showing respect for their opposition and the officials and epitomizes Fair Play in Football.




Mark Watson

Lochinvar Rovers

Hunter Valley Football

Mark has been coaching for a few years and was one of our first coaches for our girls-only games. The team consisted of half U7 and half U8 in the first year and most had never played before. Mark loves his football and takes great pleasure in teaching the girls the basics. He is kind,  caring and provides the perfect football experience for up and coming girls. Mark came up with the idea to host a girls-only gala day with the aim of increasing the number of clubs to nominate girls teams in the future by allowing the girls to have the experience. This was a great success with many clubs submitting teams consisting of players from mixed teams. Mark often takes extra teams if coaches are sick or working. Mark is a leader in our Clubs push to increase female participation and a great role model.


Luke Donkin

Garden Suburb FC

Macquarie Football

Luke came on board in 2017 having no previous coaching experience in football. He took on a newly formed team of women and guided them through the season unfortunately just falling short for finals. In 2018 he not only continued to coach his G Grade team, but also took on the new H grade team that joined us. Through the week he hosts training sessions 1-2 nights a week offering them up for anyone wishing to attend whether he have 3 attending or 30. He also helps out immensely on game day for set up and making sure all runs smoothly. His time, patience and effort does not go unnoticed. Luke has a great sense of humour and never lets the girls take the game too seriously making sure at the end of the game they are all happy regardless of the score.



Martin Walker

South Wallsend

Newcastle Football

‘Marty’ commited to training his team of kids each Thursday but also, every Saturday, he often comes straight off night shift or even between shifts to come and coach. He prepares training sessions each week to ensure the kids are having fun and brings props to keep it interesting. He organises the rotation roster each week for the game to ensure fairness, uniform roster and oranges. We are very lucky to have him. His patience and time are very much appreciated. He goes out of his way to teach the kids football is about having fun and being a good sport is the most important thing. He shows kindness and professionalism to other teams and supports and encourages teams particularly who are in their first season and often struggling.


Josh Brown

Orara Valley FC

North Coast Football

Josh is a fantastic coach who demonstrates positivity and has already begun developing club culture, through respect on and off the pitch, and promoting team play.


Rebecca Wilkinson

Tamworth FC

Northern Inland Football

It is Rebecca’s first year of coaching at Tamworth FC and she has done a great job in providing a safe and enjoyable experience for each of the players in her team. She has delivered great leadership of the team, and embraced the club ethos superbly.

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