Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month Announced for July

July 31st, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for July 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. It is important that coaches continue the great work they are doing so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks commented.

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.

“Newcastle Permanent is proud to support community football across Northern NSW and, through our Community Football Awards, to recognise the efforts of a local coach who demonstrates a passion and dedication to developing their teams,” Inglis said.

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


Mary-Ann Bugeja

Casino RSM Cobras FC, Football Far North Coast

Mary-Ann Bugeja moved to Casino as a 9 year old in 1989 and began to play soccer the next year. She first coached a junior team as a 13 year old where she devoted her time to look after a team of 6 year old players. Bugeja has since coached many senior and junior teams and has also played almost every year since 1989. She is currently coach of the Casino RSM Cobras FC Women’s Division 4, Division 5 teams and assists with the Women’s Premier Division team. Like so many staunch club volunteers, Bugeja is a one club person and is deeply committed to the Cobras. In addition to her contribution as a player and coach, Bugeja is also the club’s senior and junior registrar. Her selection as the Newcastle Permanent Building Society Community Coach of the Month in this region is a fitting recognition for a generous individual. “I simply love the game and I plan to play for as long as my body allows me to” says Bugeja. “When I can no longer play, I will coach as it is very satisfying seeing players develop their skills” Bugeja concludes.


Matt Forster

Camden Haven Redbacks, Football Mid North Coast

Matt has been a brilliant coach at the Club for a number of years now. This year, Matt’s coaches the Under 18 boys, and they could not ask for a more dedicated coach. Matt trains with the boys twice a week, making the most of sometimes difficult situations as our Club often has to share fields with other codes or fit multiple teams into small spaces. Yet Matt never complains. Matt encourages the players to strive to be part of our Premier League team, taking the opportunity to train with the men when possible. Matt fosters an inclusive environment, and is a role model for these players. He never hesitates to help the Club, never complains, and through his own generous nature, shows these young men how to be role models in our community. With four sons all playing soccer, it would be much easier for Matt to sit on the sideline and watch, but every week he’s there contributing and building a better Club. People like Matt are the kind of coaches all Clubs need, and we are certainly a lucky club to have him.


Joel Short

Cessnock Hornets, Hunter Valley Football

Joel is always there for the players of Cessnock Hornets Under 12’s squad. The players have a great relationship with their coach. Joel creates a strong teamwork ethos and is still uplifting to eth players after a loss. Having been with the squad for two seasons now Joel is certainly a great pillar of support for these young players.



Dave Stevenson

Dudley Redhead, Macquarie Football

Dave is the coach of a “crazy” under 6 soccer team called the snappers. The boys came together as a soccer team after spending many years at kindy patch daycare Redhead roughing around the yard and you guessed it, “playing soccer”. The boys under Daves coaching have won every game this season but much more importantly have had so much fun and developed skills and passion for the game. High fiving each player that scores, a little “rough” on the head and a group hug are just a few of the ways u6 snappers celebrate a goal. Dave embraces a family orientated approach and this is evident with all parents (and siblings) attending training and chipping in! Each week Dave prepares a well thought out, fun training session and is always early to training, setting up the field, rain hail or shine!


Caroline Daly

Seaham Bowthorne, Newcastle Football

Caroline has three young kids and coaches an under 6’s team. She is renouned for always being prepared at training and games. Always having snacks for the players at half time. Caroline strives to make an enjoyable atmosphere for the kids.



Cressida Usher

Nambucca Strikers, North Coast Football

Cressida is passionate about making football accessible to everyone and in particular, to grow women’s football in Nambucca Heads. Cressida has been instrumental in the return of a girls team into junior competitive football for the Nambucca Strikers FC. She also is involved with coaching the O/30’s women’s team and through her encouragement, many new players have been attracted to the game.


Glenn Swilks

Uralla United Football Club, Northern Inland Football

As the Under 10 Lions coach, Glenn is commited and caring towards his plaers ensuring that they love their game of football and learn new skills. His passion for football and many years of service to Uralla United Football Club has seen him work with a number of teams in which he shares his knowledge of the game. Glenn is a real assesst to Uralla United Football Club.

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