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Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month announced for April

April 24th, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for April 2019 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.

“Coaching is one of the most important factors in the football experience had by our players,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks said.

“It is important that coaches like our winners continue the great work they are doing at their club so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”

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 acting Chief Executive Officer, Mark Williams echoes Hicks’ 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,” Williams said.


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

Carlo Borra

Richmond Rivers Rovers, Football Far North Coast

Carlo, has been a coach within the club for many years, coaching many age divisions and senior and junior teams. Currently Carlo runs training for his three children’s team as well as his senior side. His dedication to improving the juniors within our club over a number of years has been greatly appreciated by many current senior players. Carlo is always looking for new ways to improve his coaching methods and the coaching methods within the club. Carlo Borro from Lismore Richmond Rovers FC is the Football Far North Coast Community Coach of the Month for March 2019. The contribution that Carlo has made to the game over many years is enormous and he was recognised with Life Membership at Rovers many years ago for his efforts. Season 2019 will see Carlo continue as a player but also as a coach of multiple junior and senior teams. Carlo has been a coach within the club for many years and coached many age divisions, including senior and junior teams. Currently Carlo runs training for each of the three teams that his children are in as well as his senior side. His dedication to improving the juniors within our club has been greatly appreciated by many current senior players. Carlo is always looking for new ways to improve his coaching methods and the coaching methods within the club but the most noticeable thing that he brings to the game is passion and a desire to create an environment of inclusiveness for every individual.

Rachel Bax

FMNC Development, Football Mid North Coast

Rachel is the coach of the FMNC Under 12s Girls development squad in Port Macquarie and is so positive with the girls. Not only do they all have fun, but Rachel builds technical aspects into training sessions combined with fun. She is also a committee member for local football club Wauchope FC even though she doesn’t play or have a sibling at the club which shows her commitment to football.





Jenny McCosker

Gresford Vacy FC, Hunter Valley Football

Jenny has been an integral part of the club for a long time with her three kids playing for Gresford Vacy taking on Team Manager roles in past years. When last year’s coach of our inaugural U10 Girls Team could unfortunately not continue, Jenny did not hesitate to take over from her. She acquired a Skill Training Coaching Certificate and has spent countless hours researching age appropriate coaching techniques before and during the season as well as also finding more girls to join the team. She even went as far as spending her own money on buying coaching aids like white boards and coloured tags to teach the girls position and tactics. Her enthusiasm and joy she brings to training, the game and club in general, makes her extremely deserving of this award.



Greg Cooney

Southern Lakes United FC, Macquarie Football

Greg has coached the same group of children for the last four years and has done a brilliant job doing so. He always provides a lot of time for all of his players despite even being the president of the club as well.


Chloe Barwick

Newcastle Uni Womens, Newcastle Football

Chloe was a new coach last year and over the year developed and bonded with her team in a really significant way. This year she’s taken on board coaching our Zone Community League teams meaning that she is now responsible for the coaching and mentoring of over 32 women. Chloe has been an instrumental part of the grading process this year, engaging with players, coaches and committee members ensuring cooperation, coordination and enjoyment from all perspectives. She is a supportive coach that is always looking to develop her skills and her knowledge and the effort that she puts into the club and her team is reflective of this.


Matthew Ryan

Boambee FC, North Coast Football

Matt is a fantastic coach and club-man. Apart from being a supportive coach of his U10 team, he has also volunteered to take on the club coaching coordinator role this year. Matt goes to great lengths to make things happen off the field to arrange team bonding activities and keeps the team together though the summer by coaching them at summer sixes and nippers. He is also a painter and recently gave up his personal time to paint our club storage containers for at no charge.


Greg Bartlett

Tamworth FC, Northern Inland Football

Greg Bartlett has been involved with Tamworth FC’s Premier League teams since 2014 and since 2016, he has been Tamworth FC’s 1st Grade Premier League coach. Greg continually volunteers his time three times a week to coach our senior Premier League players at training and match days and also drives the team bus to all away games and commit hours of his time to Tamworth FC. Last year, Greg coached Tamworth FC Premier League first grade to an undefeated Premiership winning season and has continued his commitment to Premier League in 2019.

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