Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month Announced for June

June 26th, 2019

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

“It is pleasing to be able to recognise these coaches for displaying the attitudes and behaviours that NNSWF is trying to instill in all Community Coaches,” Senior Officer Community Football, Ross Hicks said.

“Providing an effective learning environment in a safe and fun way is key to providing a positive football experience to their players and these coaches should be commended for their commitment to their clubs and teams.”

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,” Williams 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 June Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:

Emily Wiltshire

Alstonville FC, Football Far North Coast

Emily has been coaching an all girls’ team for four years and is a wonderful role model for the young girls at the club. She commenced coaching as a teenager with great enthusiasm and commitment. She approaches the coaching in a professional manner but has lots of fun and is loved by her team players. Emily has strong support from team parents making her commitment easier. The player returns each year are very strong in this group because they all love being part of this team irrespective of how they perform in the competition. Emily is also a young senior women’s player, supported by her family who are all loyal members of Alstonville FC. Emily is an excellent choice for Community Coach of the Month for June that aligns with Female Football Week.

Scott Rixon

Kempsey Saints FC, Football Mid North Coast

Scott has a significant workplace injury that makes it difficult for him to walk at times but his does not stop him. He trains the team twice a week and coaches from the sideline each Friday night game. Scott encourages each and every player on the team and awards a best player each game with funds from his own pocket. Scott is a positive, enthusiastic and passionate person which rubs off on the team. The 2019 U15 Kempsey Saints team is the result of combining two team – Scott coached one of teams in 2018 and has made the team members from the other team feel as though they have been there all along. This has really helped the team gel and they are playing great football. Scott is a great role model for these young teenagers in showing no matter how hard something is or how much it hurts, when you commit to something you keep going and don’t let people down.


Adam Whitley

Scone Mustangs FC, Hunter Valley Football

Adam has coached for three years now. He has had significant success with the team because of his positive approach to sportsmanship and the spirit of the game. Adam has an extremely busy family life but remains committed to the team and Scone FC. Adam is also the President of Scone FC and with his hard working Executive Committee, he has raised the profile of soccer for Scone and the district. Adam deserves to be recognised as an outstanding member of the Scone and District Community.





Christian Plant

Lake Macquarie FC, Macquarie Football

Chris works long hours, starting at 3:30am, but he still makes it to training and games. He has his own worries going on, but puts them all aside to make sure the kids stay interested and focused, positively reinforces hard work and encourages teamwork to be the number one skill.



Ross Buxton

Shortland United FC, Newcastle Football

Ross is a coach, president and head cook on the the BBQ. He is always around when help is needed yet still manages to coach two teams and supervises junior team coaches.



Craig MacDonald

South Grafton Gunners FC, North Coast Football

Craig is always giving the children he coaches 100% of his time and effort. He often comes straight from work to training, and teaches the kids skills about football, but also about growing up.


Damon Barwick-Taylor

Kootingal Soccer Club, Northern Inland Football

Damon is a brilliant coach and is always telling the players ways they can improve. He never gets angry with the kids and instead, actually likes seeing players make mistakes so he can help and teach the players what they did wrong, and how not to make the same mistake again. He is making amazing players for the future.

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