Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month for October 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.
“It is very pleasing to be able to recognise Joe, Lachy, Travis, Cassandra, Tye, Geoff and Aleshia for displaying the attitudes and behaviours that NNSWF is trying to instill in all Community Coaches,” NNSWF Head of Development Peter Haynes said.
“Providing an effective learning environment in a safe and fun way is key to clubs providing a positive football experience to their players and this group of 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 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.
“Coaches are integral in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential,” Juergens said.
“Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting community football across northern NSW and recognising those coaches who demonstrate a passion and dedication to developing their teams.”
The October Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Joe O’Grady – Tintenbar East Ballina FC
North Coast Football
Lachy Sole – Urunga Raiders FC
Lachy Sole took on the role of coaching the club’s under-14 girls team with little experience.
Lachy has completed the Skill Training and Game Training certificates since the start of the year in order to give his players the best possible environment.
Football Mid North Coast
Travis Goldsmith – Taree Wildcats FC
The club’s under-13s team lost their long-term coach at the start of the year, with no parents able to step up and take responsibility to coach the team.
Travis Goldsmith, one of the club’s Coastal Premier League players, heard the team needed help and put his hand up to take on the challenge.
Travis focuses on the kids having fun at training while improving their skills. His belief is that if the players are having fun, the results will come too with their position on the table evidence to support his positive style.
Northern Inland Football
Cassandra Cutmore – Kootingal Cougars FC
Cassandra Cutmore was nominated by Kootingal Cougars FC for her commitment over the duration of her service to the club.
Cutmore coaches the club’s women’s team, the Kootingal Kougarettes.
A former Premier League player herself, Cutmore had to end her playing career thanks to a double knee surgery.
She drops her two children at their grandad’s house every week before heading over to coach the team of women and girls ranging in age from 14 to 51-years-old.
After the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club went from three graded teams to one, leaving the Kougarettes with a squad of varying abilities.
But Cutmore focuses on inclusion to ensure she plays everyone no matter their ability and encourages her players equally, showing the true spirit of women’s football.
Cutmore’s players speak glowingly of her, having learnt so much and progressed despite adversity. While it is difficult for her not being able to play anymore, it is Cutmore’s spirit and drive that is infectious amongst her players.
Hunter Valley Football
Tye Olsen – Metford Cobras FC
Tye Olsen coaches the club’s under-13s team and has a fantastic rapport with the children, whose parents are delighted with his approach to his coaching style and behaviour on the sideline.
His comments are always positive and encouraging, with Olsen described as an extremely passionate coach who is admired by not only his team but their parents and other members of the club.
Olsen’s knowledge of the game and kind, caring nature makes him a great coach and wonderful asset to the club.
Geoff Mellon – Kotara South FC
Geoff Mellon, the club’s under-12s coach, has been affiliated with Kotara South FC for many years. He is always there to help and doesn’t just coach his team but guides and supports his players.
He acts as a taxi driver if kids cannot get to training or a game and is always there to motivate and support his players and their families.
Aleshia Lyons – Edgeworth Junior FC
Aleshia Lyons coaches the under-8s at Edgeworth Junior FC, where she purchased personalised shirts for every child to wear to training and games.
Lyons teaches her players about taking care of themselves through preparation as well as football skills and reinforces the message that they win and lose as a team.
Aleshia is passionate about football and her team, always bringing out the bets in the boys and making sure they have fun while displaying impressive sportsmanship.