Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month announced for May

May 29th, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for May 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. They can sometimes be the only interaction our players and their parents have with a club,” Senior Officer – Community Football, Ross Hicks said.

“It is coaches like our monthly winners who continue to ensure that their clubs are 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 Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mark Williams 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,” Williams said.


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

Neil Fuller

Bangalow SC, Football Far North Coast

Neil Fuller arrived in Bangalow from London in 2000 and with two young boys and a love of football, he has coached with the Bluedogs since 2001. Neil now coaches the Bangalow Men’s Premier Division side but he is also the club junior coachco ordinator. Generous with his time , the easy going Fuller is also engaged in a casual role with NNSWF as a talent scout. He delights in seeing young players develop their skills and progressing in the game. His advice above anything else is for players to be enthusiastic and to enjoy the game.




Tim Stenning

Hallidays Point Soccer Club, Football Mid North Coast

Tim is an advocate in our community for participation in sport, attending council meetings for better facilities and applying for grants. He spent the whole spring and summer coordinating the repair and maintenance of the club’s fields and got it looking awesome in time for the kick-off to the winter comp. Tim planned, coordinated and publicised an 8 week pre-season training clinic in February and March for all competitive ages which saw the club increase it’s numbers in these ages. Last year, Tim’s passion for coaching was highlighted as he worked with a group of 11 & 12 year old boys throughout the U12s comp season in a calm, fair and non-pressure way and they went on to win the Grand Final and then Zone Championship. This year, Tim has taken on President of the Club and has already been seen to be very proactive in lifting the standards of our club.



John Unicomb

Metford Cobras FC, Hunter Valley Football

Where to start with John… John has been thrown into coaching over past few years with coaching his son and now his daughters under 6s side. John has made it onto the club’s Facebook page a number of times with his famous stretching, but he is always the first to training, setting up talking to parents and us at the club and brings a smile to not only the kids faces but to adult’s too with his stories of training which usually involves him getting hit with the ball. When John first started coaching he knew nothing about football, but he wanted to help out in the community and be a part of not only his kids lives, but to others as well. The club feel extremely lucky to have John coaching their strongest team and thank him for all his hard work.



Mat Moncrieff

Kahibah FC, Macquarie Football

Mat not only coaches across six teams and age groups, but he is also involved with his own kids’ teams and the club committee. Each game-day all season, and any other opportunity he gets, he contributes in a bay to the juniors of our club as well as all of the members and the greater community.




Chris Berlin

Broadmeadow Magic FC, Newcastle Football

Having played in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) for over a decade, Chris is now using his skills and knowledge of the game to pass onto future players. He gives up his time to coach his team and train them each week and is so passionate about football and instilling team-work, good sportsmanship and dedication to the children he coaches.


Graham Shanahan

Sawtell FC, North Coast Football

Graham has been amazing coaching the club’s girls team for the last two years. Many of the players are only just starting their football journey and he so patient and a very knowledgeable coach who nurtures a great team.




Justin Pendergast

South United FC, Northern Inland Football

Justin is a young coach with a lot of football knowledge. He has been coaching teams for South United FC for the past 6 years and this year he has stepped up as coach of the 1st and 2nd grade teams, showing maturity beyond his years. Justin has such a strong drive for the development of the 15 to 17 years players and currently coaches the under 16s with the aim to develop the players ready for the transition to senior football within the club. Justin is an asset to South with his football mind, coaching skills and mentoring the young players.

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