Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for May 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 Head of Development Peter Haynes said.
“It is important that coaches like Rondah, Kate, David, Jason, Peter, Snez 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 Haynes’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Newcastle Permanent is delighted to recognise the efforts and contribution of local coaches through our community awards,” Juergens said.
“Coaches like Rondah, Kate, David, Jason, Peter, Snez and Conrad play a vital role in developing the skills and attitudes of young players and it’s a pleasure to recognise their contribution this month.”
Each month, one registered coach from each of NNSWF’s seven member zones is awarded the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month award.
Each winner will receive a Newcastle Permanent Community Coaching kit consisting of six 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.
The May Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Rondah Stevenson – Alstonville FC
Rondah’s first involvement with the game was as a spectator when her children played with Lismore Workers FC in 1999.
A change of club to Alstonville FC in 2008 saw the start of a long relationship with Villa and at the age of 44 in 2014, was asked to play in a soccer mum’s team. The team consisted of a mix of women who had children who played but most who had never played.
Rondah, who had three of her four children still playing for Alstonville FC and her husband coaching, was asked last year if she was interested in coaching her daughters’ team. She was also approached by a fellow club member about taking on the role of female development officer at Alstonville FC late last year.
Since doing so, Rondah has aligned the training times of the club’s under-15s and16s girls to match the training of the senior women’s team, allowing mentoring of their junior players.
Rondah was surprised but very appreciative of being recognised with the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach Award.
“There are many aspects of the game that can be taught but finding passion and excitement from playing is key whether you are five or 55,” she said.
“It is so rewarding to support the junior girls to make the transition from girls to women’s football.
“I believe that it is important to ensure that the girls know that they are an important part of the club as they move from junior participation into senior competition.
“To have the support of my family and the Alstonville Football Club has allowed me the opportunity to take on the roles I have and it is humbling to think that I can make a difference.”
Alstonville FC have a forward-thinking committee and group of coaches who are passionate about women and girls football. Events like the Oceania Cup that has been convened each October long weekend, is an example of how the club, football and the community highlight the celebration of women in the sport.
The club’s culture, particularly for female football, is driven by these people and the club is truly thankful for the opportunities they create for its members.
North Coast Football
Kate Silvy – Coffs City United
Kate and her daughter, Georgia, have united Coffs City United’s under-12s girls team. Most players had not played together and some had not played at all. But it looked as though the team would have to fold early on in the year when they could not find a coach.
Kate, Georgia and their family encouraged and strengthened the team’s skills and enjoyment, which saw every player improve.
A number of parents have commented how much their daughter’s skills have improved in a short space of time thanks to their fantastic coaches.
Football Mid North Coast
David Vernon – Camden Haven FC
David has coached junior football teams for the last five years. He shows patience and understanding for a robust group of boys and now girls.
David treats his team members equally and does not show favouritism to any of its members, providing a positive experience each and every training session and match for the players and their families.
His passion for the game, love he has for each of the children and how he continues to help make each of them better players and humans stand out as exceptional qualities in a coach.
David continues to find time to coach while working six-day split shifts and has three children of his own to raise with his wife who also works full time.
But he is always the first to arrive at each training session in case children arrive early and the last to leave.
Northern Inland Football
Jason Millar – Tamworth FC
Jason is new to Tamworth FC and has instantly become actively involved in the club. Jason trains Tamworth FC’s under-5s Rangers, under-5s Orange and under 6/7s girls only team.
Jason is a proactive member of the club who brings fresh ideas to the committee and is keen to improve the quality and organisation of coaching at the MiniRoos level.
Hunter Valley Football
Peter Fletcher – Rutherford FC
Peter has been described as what football is all about – fun, committed, caring and all about promoting team spirit, community, equity and connection.
He spends his weeks working hard to support his family and outside work, plans fun and inclusive activities that keep his Dragons under-6s’ attention to learn all about the game at training. Every week is unique and the kids ask for more training days each week to spend more time with him.
Peter has a can do attitude and sends a message that although winning is great, having fun and being a team player is the most important part.
Pete is visibly connected to and invested in the kids he trains and is leading the way in building relationships between the parents and building team spirit.
He instils great values and morals in his players and promotes strong sportsmanship. Pete is always patient, which is definitely needed with a bunch of five and six-year-old boys.
Peter is loved as a coach with parents hoping they can follow his through the club each season and wanting him to know how much they value his time every week while giving their children the best experience to nurture their interest in football.
Snez Parezanovic – Cooks Hill United FC
Snez is described as an amazing coach who teaches skills while making the game so much fun for her under-8s players while also volunteering with the club.
Conrad Swindail – Morisset 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.
He also focuses on teamwork and sportsmanship, teaching the children more than just football, and is regarded as a true asset by the club as well as the team.