Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coaches of the Month for August 2020 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.
“Coaches are often the shopfront of our Community Football Clubs,” NNSWF Head of Development Peter Haynes said.
“They can sometimes be the only interaction our players and their parents have with a club. It is coaches like Chris, Stuart, Brad, Kylie, Ross, Andrew and Adam who continue to ensure that clubs are in 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 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.
Newcastle Permanent chief customer experience and delivery officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiments and applauded those who received the award.
“Coaching plays a vital role in developing the skills and attitude of young players,” Juergens said.
“Through the Newcastle Permanent Community Football Awards, I am delighted we can recognise the efforts and contribution of local coaches who are dedicated to developing their players and teaching them valuable life skills.”
The August Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Byron Bay FC
Football Far North Coast
Chris Layland is a highly credentialled coach who believes passionately in the relevance of coach education. This experienced coach has an impressive CV of qualifications and a commitment to providing junior players with technical support to improve their skills.
Layland also has a sound appreciation of the range of components required to make a club environment effective, fun and responsive to change. He applauded volunteers at his own club and also people at other local clubs who he believes are the “silent and unheralded few” who work tirelessly behind the scenes to assist coaches, players and parents at club level.
The Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month for August also highlights his strong belief that building good values, respect for others and being part of a community are responsibilities that are just as important as the football activities.
“The Newcastle Permanent understands why it is so relevant to be here for the community and I thank them for the belief shown and for this award,” Layland said.
Camden Haven Redbacks
Football Mid North Coast
Stuart Bate did not hesitate to put his hand up to coach the club’s first all-girls under-11/12s team at the start of the year.
Bate had the squad training during pre-season and, once the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions started to ease, had his team back on the field training hard, yet safely.
Bate has a positive approach to female participation, has a willingness to be an active force in growing the game for young girls and is a strong yet compassionate leader of his team.
He has a constantly upbeat attitude and embodies everything a club hopes to have in a coach. His commitment to his team and its future will see his group of girls and plenty more after them grow enormously within the game.
Gresford Vacy FC
Hunter Valley Football
Brad Merchant, the club’s coach coordinator, has been involved with Gresford Vacy FC for a number of years, coaching teams as well as filling other roles within the club.
Merchant compiled an outline of activities for the club’s coaches to follow, providing structure for the 2020 season.
Charlestown Junior FC
Kylie Jamieson drives more than an hour, 70 kilometres each way, to train her under-6s girls. She also makes the journey for their games.
The ‘Chipmunks’ as they are known look up to Jamieson and look forward to seeing her every week.
Jamieson does not see herself as making much difference but the parents of her players and the club’s board appreciate her commitment.
Shortland United FC
Not only does Ross Buxton coach an under-17s team but also an All Age Women’s team. Buxton is also president of the club.
Buxton is a father figure to some of the boys in his team. He has helped them through tough times, financially and personally, and has a good relationship with his team. He goes above and beyond just being a coach.
North Coast Football
Andrew Plump was nominated by Northern Storm for his commitment over the duration of his service to the club.
Plump, from Sapphire Beach, has worked closely with North Coast football to raise the skill level of players in the area.
Moore Creek FC
Northern Inland Football
Adam Miller, who coaches the club’s under-10s side, was identified as a role model and great coach with all his players showing him a great amount of respect.
Miller listens to feedback and goes above and beyond to make sure his players are happy.