Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year for 2021 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.
“Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in the football experience for our players,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said.
“It is important that coaches like Violet, Phil, Craig, Tim, Andrew, Peter and Conrad maintain the great work they are doing at their clubs so that their players develop a fondness for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”
Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens echoed Hicks’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Newcastle Permanent is delighted to recognise the efforts and contributions made by local coaches through our community awards recognition program,” Juergens said.
“Coaches like Violet, Phil, Craig, Tim, Andrew, Peter and Conrad play a vital role in developing the skills and attitudes of young players and it’s a pleasure to recognise their vital contribution.”
The 2021 Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Violet Innes – Byron Bay FC
Violet was nominated by Byron Bay FC for her commitment and service to the club and to football.
Violet is the coach of the club’s girls under-12s team, a group she has coached for the last five years. The team started together in the inaugural girls MiniRoos pool as under-8s and have stuck together since.
The girls adore Violet and speak of her as a supportive, caring and fun person. Violet has fostered a positive and energetic environment for the girls that is reflected in their increased confidence.
Violet is also a terrific player in the Byron Bay FC women’s premier league team and she encourages the junior girls to watch the senior teams play.
North Coast Football
Phil Lynch – Bellingen FC
Phil has coached at Bellingen FC for more than 20 years. He is the club’s ‘floating’ coach at the moment, offering Bellingen’s coaches sessions on skills, tactics and specific player roles.
Phil has been described as an “invaluable resource” for the club’s coaches and is a great supporter of players and teams.
Football Mid North Coast
Craig Bulmer – Western Phoenix FC
Craig is a positive coach, striving for the players he coaches to be the best they can while enjoying and loving the game. Craig coaches a number of squads at his club and mentors most of the other coaches. He has been a strong advocate for female football, increasing numbers playing at his club and developing them to understand and enjoy the game.
Craig completed his Football Australia Youth C licence in 2021 to advance his own knowledge and coach behaviours to pass on to coaches he mentors at Western Phoenix.
Craig is detailed in all his record keeping of all the players he coaches at community level so he can improve players’ abilities and reinforce the positives to them so they build self-esteem and enjoy the whole experience of being part of a community football club.
Northern Inland Football
Tim Coates – Oxley Vale Attunga FC
Tim took over as Oxley Vale Attunga’s Premier League coach in 2020 during a difficult time as the COVID-19 pandemic started. Since then he has led the club’s first grade and reserve grade teams to minor and major premierships in 2020.
Under his reign, the club’s first grade side have been undefeated, including winning every game of the 2021 season which saw first grade clinch the minor premiership with reserve grade also sitting in a strong position.
Games aside, Tim is truly magnificent at player management and takes everyone’s needs into consideration. He is the first person players go to with issues and he is able to solve them effectively.
Tim is a great asset for not only Oxley Vale Attunga as a club but also football in the Northern Inland region.
Hunter Valley Football
Andrew Flannery – Clarence Town FC
Andrew was born and bred in Clarence Town. He runs a local business and supports the community in many ways. One way is by sacrificing his own time and money to close his business early on training nights to coach the club’s under-12s team.
The team is made up of under-11s and 12s children including six girls, some having never played before. Andrew encourages them and teaches his skills he acquired through playing representative football in his own youth days.
He talks to each individual child to encourage them before the games and helps those that need extra support. For a thrown together team that no one thought had a chance in under-12s competition Andrew has trained them well and got them to enjoy playing as a team. They are yet to lose a game this season.
But it is not about winning, it is about having fun and all the kids in the team leave with a smile on their face and they all love it.
Peter Woodford – Mayfield United Senior FC
Peter is Mayfield United’s Zone Premier League first grade coach having held the role for four years. In that time he has seen his side win three minor premierships in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
Pete has a passion for his players to push them to be the best they can be, demonstrated by players wanting to play under his leadership and the club having an 80 per cent return rate of existing players for ZPL this year. Planning has always been high on Pete’s agenda and this is done weekly. It starts as soon as each season finishes and before each training and game day. This improved when he sat for his C Licence in 2019.
Conrad Swindall – Morriset United FC
Conrad, 17, has dedicated his time to coaching Morisset United’s under-10/1s team since they were an under-7s side.
Conrad decided to coach rather than play this year due to his own school and work commitments, dedicating his time to his young team.
Conrad is regarded as a promising young coach, well respected by his players and able to listen to advice. Training sessions are always well organised and provides written feedback following matches.