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Newcastle Permanent Community Coaches of the Month Awards Announced for June 2018

June 28th, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSW) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for June 2018 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.

“A good coach is one of the most important elements in the football experience had by our players,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

“It is important that coaches like this month’s winners continue to provide players at their clubs with safe and enjoyable sessions in order to develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”

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 echoed Haynes 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 such passion and dedication to developing his team,” Williams said.

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

Derryn Nix

Kyogle Soccer Club

Football Far North Coast

Derryn was nominated for his commitment to a number of teams at Kyogle FC. He trains the new all girls’ team and also helps with several ALDI MiniRoos teams. Derryn has been very proactive with promoting Girls Only teams at the small community clubs and it is clear that the girls love their football and respond well to the mentoring of an inspirational coach. Derryn is great with the kids, positive and always encourages the players to be respectful and play for enjoyment rather than for results.


Laurence Barlow

Iona Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

Laurence is a fantastic coach. He treats all kids equally and his coaching methods include praise, encouragements, quality coaching points and fun. He helps all levels of players thrive under his coaching.

Jason Billot

Singleton Strikers FC

Hunter Valley Football

Jason has been coaching for the club for many years and last year he took his team to the semi-finals for the first time. Getting results is not the main priority for Jason when it comes to football though – developing fine young boys and girls into fine young men and women is what’s important. He has coached his current group since U12’s and although there have been many lean years, his kids have always wanted to come back and play for him. In 2018, he has taken on additional coaching duties training both the U/16 & 17s together two nights a week, ensuring not only their fitness but teamwork improves, as can be seen by recent results. Jason is a willing helper in the club as well, assisting the club committee set up the home ground at 7am each match day and making life easier for the whole club.


Chris Walker

Edgeworth Eagles

Macquarie Football

Chris is always supportive of every player and continues to encourage, build confidence and structure within the team. His job as a police officer takes up a lot of his time, but he never misses a training session or game.
His commitment to our team definitely doesn’t go unrecognised by the team and parents involved.


Roge Kempe

Merewether United FC

Newcastle Football

After volunteering to coach this team, Roge took it upon himself to attend a coaching course in order to be equipped with all the skills and drills to engage the U/6 boys. From the very first session, the boys have been so eager to train and have not only progressed their abilities, but have had so much fun in the process. Roge puts a lot of thought and effort into the training sessions and it is so wonderful seeing such a positive sporting experience for them at such a young age. On game day, Roge provides a safe and enjoyable experience for the kids and parents and he manages to involve all kids equally, and he is a great example of sportsmanship to all the players, coaches and supporters. Roge is a great representative of the Merewether United Football Club as he constantly encourages fair play, not only within his own team, but on occasions even encouraged more positive comments between the boys in the opposing team.


Damian Benson

Boambee FC

North Coast Football

Damian Benson is one of a small number of Club Coaching Coordinators (CCCs) in the Coffs Coast area of the North Coast Zone. Damian’s passion and commitment to drive the game towards new and improved coaching models and best practices has gained much respect and appreciation, not only within his club but throughout the region. The new structure and direction being overseen provides support mechanisms for parents, coaches and players. The appointment of a CCC is a critical point of contact for any club with ambition to deliver a quality services to all its members at all levels which is evident of how the respective teams are progressing in both the competitive and non-competitive sections of the club. Damian has also been part of the Boambee Bombers team that made it to the NNSWF Final 8 stage for the 2018 FFA Cup competition. Football is fortunate to have dedicated individuals like Damien to help grow the game throughout in the North Coast Zone.


Mark Ross

South United FC

Northern Inland Football

Mark has been coaching many of his players since they were six years of age. He has developed their football skills and he focuses on each player as an individual and each child improves in some small way each week. Regardless of skill, ability or gender, players are equal and are treated equal by Mark. His main focus is sportsmanship and team work and in turn, his team has a great bond as friends and team mates. Mark is an asset to the club and juniors football.

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