Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month Announced for August

August 29th, 2019

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

“Coaches are often the shopfront of our Community Football Clubs,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks commented.

“They can sometimes be the only interaction our players and their parents have with a club. It is coaches like our winners who continue to ensure that their club is a good place to play and that their players are enjoying a positive football experience.”

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, Bernadette Inglis echoes Hicks’ sentiments and applauds those who received the award.

“Coaching plays a vital role in developing the skills and attitude of young players,” Inglis said.

“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.”


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


Stewart Hume

Alstonville FC, Football Far North Coast

Stewart’s commitment to Alstonville FC is simply extraordinary. He coaches five ALDI miniroos teams in addition to his roles more broadly to support development programs at the club. As if the time spent with coaching kids is not enough, this energetic volunteer is also the club’s ALDI Miniroos registrar.



Brittney Ollson

Old Bar Barbarians, Football Mid North Coast

Brittney goes above and beyond the call of duty as a coach. She is super dedicated, puts in extra free school holiday coaching clinics and includes fun and treats into her coaching. She picks player of the week each week and all players get a pat on the back and acknowledgment. While she is firm, she is extremely generous, kind and caring and has a team full of teenagers who they respect greatly even though she’s just a few years older than them. Brittney deserves to be recognised and praised for her commitment to the ladies team as coach and captain, to the 14’s as their coach and to the club as part of their coaching committee



Dwade Leggetts

Weston Bears FC, Hunter Valley Football

Dwade has taken on 2 teams this year as the u6 girls team needed a coach and Dwade was quick to put his hand up and take them on even though he already had the u7/2 boys to coach. In addition, he still goes to work every week but fits training in 3 days a week, which also includes working at nights before the game day until 3am but still he is then is up 6am ready for the game that morning.




John Merrell

Kahibah FC, Macquarie Football

John has coached our girls team from under 7’s for the past 3 years volunteering his time 2 to 3 times a week. He is very kind and nurturing with the girls and they respect and respond positively to his coaching and encouragement. They have all developed in skill, teamwork and positive sports-womanship and we are all so proud of their achievements. They have grown in football skill and courage through John’s ongoing commitment to the girls and the team.

Allan Lewsam

South Wallsend JSC, Newcastle Football

Allan is the most patient, encouraging coach and gives his time freely to his team. Nothing is too much trouble and the boys he coaches are improving every week.



Rhys Jones

Macksville Stingers, North Coast Football

Rhys coaches  a ‘fledgling’ team and, week after week, experience huge losses on the field. Most have been double digits. However, Rhys has such a positive and encouraging attitude, despite such huge losses. The team has such a happy and welcoming vibe and all the girls enjoy playing.
Rhys never shows frustration at the play and thanks each of the players individually as well as the other teams’ players, the officials and the other coach. His focus is on growth and improvement, not winning. As a result of his calm and supportive approach to coaching, the team feels comfortable playing together. His approach to the game is an example for coaches of all grades.


Darrel Smith

Moree Services FC, Northern Inland Football

Darrel Smith is not only a coach on the field, he is a player and is a representative for the indigenous community within our zone. Darrel provides leadership, support and encouragement to all, and his passion for football in our community is second to none.  Darrel also played an integral part in hosting the first NAIDOC games in Moree in 2019.

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