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

June 27th, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for June 2018 across the zones.

“Finding volunteers as passionate and selfless as these is the goal for all clubs across the country regardless of the sport,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Peter Haynes commented.

“Their contribution has been key in the continued success of this Football Club and it is very pleasing to be able to recognise the effort and hard work they have provided to ensure everyone involved has the best football experience possible.”

Each winner will be awarded a certificate recognising their achievement, volunteer jacket, and bag, courtesy of Newcastle Permanent, to assist in fulfilling their valuable roles at their respective clubs.

From the pool of monthly winners, a “Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year” for each Zone will be recognised at the Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.

Newcastle Permanent Acting Chief Executive Officer Mark Williams echoed Haynes sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of clubs and without their hard work games would not happen every weekend,” Williams said.

“Our thanks goes to the thousands of volunteers across Northern NSW who give their time so generously and ensure players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field.”

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


Gary Bond

Ballina Soccer Club

Football Far North Coast

Gary moved to the area 13 years ago and credits his kids for getting him involved with Ballina Soccer Club. Coaching for around 11 consecutive years since, Gary has been club president for the past four years and like many volunteers, Gary has many roles at the club. He believes that the game brings great enjoyment to many people and he has found himself following the cycle of life by now coaching his grandson’s 6’s MiniRoos team. Perhaps reinvigorated by the energy of the kids, Gary is also back playing after a 17 year absence and plays in the same Men’s Division 4 team as his son. While being a volunteer at any club can be demanding, Gary says that helping to promote enjoyment for club members makes it all worthwhile and he encourages more people to become actively  involved.

“The hard work is a gratifying experience in the long term”. Bond says. “Everything I do as a volunteer is for the benefit of the club and I feel our club is definitely heading in the right direction”. He concluded.


Tanya Kauter

Wallamba Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

For the third consecutive year, Tanya has managed the club’s gear, uniforms and casual apparel. The season started two weekends ago with all 140 odd registered players kitted out in a playing shirt that fitted them, with a training shirt that fitted them, and with shorts and socks. Each Team Manager was issued with a WFC branded kit bag with balls, ball pump and all the aforementioned gear, clearly labelled and ready for distribution. It’s a massive effort in any Club getting this side of things ready and Tanya does it with such professionalism and with a massive smile.  She even gave up her dining room for about 6 weeks while this was all organised as bags, shirts, shorts and socks took over the place!


Dean Bradford

Maitland Football For All

Hunter Valley Football

Dean joined the club last season as an assistant coach with the U/11’s. This season, he has stepped into the role of Head Coach  and has done a fantastic job with the team so far. He makes the game and training sessions enjoyable for every player in the team and ensures that everyone gets a fair go. Dean also turns up early each week to set up the fields for games and training and does all this at the age of only 17. Dean is a fantastic role model for young kids in the community and the club feels extremely pleased to have him as a part of our club.


Adam Neville

Southern Lakes United FC

Macquarie Football

Adam has been coaching his U/16s team and also helps the U/5 teams when their coach has been unavailable. He is a very popular person in the club as all the kids love training with Adam and the parents are very happy as well. He has countlessly volunteered himself to coach teams and goalkeepers and help people when needed without even having to ask. He is a very vital part in the success of Southern Lakes United FC.


Steven Woodger

Mayfield United JSFC

Newcastle Football

Steven is always there to represent the club and be a familiar face for all the teams. He’s an absolutely tireless volunteer and gives much of his time to the club. Steve attends the ground each afternoon during the week to assess the condition if it’s raining. He updates the Newcastle CC app and the ground markings are kept intact by Steve. He is seen each weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, wearing the Duty Officer vest. The work Steve does makes him a very worthy winner.


Eric McCarthy

Northern Storm FC

North Coast Football

Eric is a tireless worker for the club as he manages all theuniforms and equipment. In addition to this, he has brought in many new sponsors over the last few years and is always heavily involved in every social event. Eric also coaches the Men’s 3rd division side and has achieved great success. He is a terrific example.


Wayne Clarke

Northern Companions FC

Northern Inland Football

Wayne, although not having kids in the club any longer, still coaches an U/13’s side. Wayne is the first one to put his hand up to help in any way he can and often volunteers his time during the week, at training and every Saturday during the season whether it be coaching or keeping stats for Premier League. Wayne volunteers on the management committee and has done so for some years in various roles, – this year as Vice President. Wayne volunteers when we are the duty club to put up and pull down the nets and also helps out by attending Tamworth District meetings. He also during organises working-bees and even mows the fields and surrounds when there’s rain.

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