Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month for May 2021 across its zones.
“Match officials have arguably the hardest job in sport,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Lucas and Mark, Sean, Lucas, Les, Sebastian, Isla and Sam have shown they take the match official role seriously and their dedication, passion and commitment contribute considerably to the positive football experience enjoyed by the players and spectators of matches they officiate.”
Each winner will be presented a prize pack including a jacket, cap, water bottle and a referee card set to assist in fulfilling their valuable duties on and off the field.
From the pool of monthly winners, a Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year for each zone will be recognised at the end of the season.
Newcastle Permanent chief customer experience and delivery officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiment and applauded the volunteers who received the award.
“Our community football referees take on an important role of keeping players safe and creating a great experience for players and spectators each and every week,” Juergens said.
“Newcastle Permanent would like to congratulate Lucas and Mark, Sean, Lucas, Les, Sebastian, Isla and Sam for their generosity and valued contribution to the game.”
The May Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Lucas and Mark Woolven
For Mark, who has been a player and coach for many years, the decision came in 2019 to become a referee following a campaign for more seniors to take up the whistle.
Despite his other footballing commitments, Mark makes himself available to referee when he is not playing or coaching which, despite his lack of experience as a referee, provides an experienced football mind that can officiate on senior fixtures and on matches that may otherwise not have a referee, if not for Mark’s willingness to act in the role.
Having seen his father referee for the last two seasons, Lucas completed the level 4 referee course this season and now officiates as an assistant referee on senior fixtures, generally on games with his father.
Lucas is very early into his career as a match official and Football Far North Coast forward to seeing him develop as an assistant referee and as a centre referee in the future.
Lucas represents the next generation of match officials that Football Far North Coast will look to support and nurture, so they feel encouraged to continue in the role and develop into better referees.
The father-son duo are one of seven parent-child combinations officiating with FFNC. As well as this, there are multiple siblings who are officiating in the FFNC Member Zone, which may be evidence that refereeing is not only great for fitness and personal development amongst other positive things but also a great family activity.
North Coast Football
A young referee, Sean has been refereeing in the Clarence and assisting with NPL for the last couple of seasons, developing into a capable referee that enjoys this aspect of football.
Football Mid North Coast
The young referee is having an outstanding 2021 so far. He has an excellent temperament and has been in excellent form at WPL and NPL junior level.
Lucas has just been appointed to his first men’s competition game and handled a very competitive game well.
Northern Inland Football
Les works tirelessly to arrange match officials in the region and help mentor the group in addition to refereeing himself where needed.
Anyone who knows Les knows he does not like too much fanfare but without him games would not happen in the Northern Inland region as the referees would not survive without him.
Hunter Valley Football
Sebastian officiates matches for Hunter Valley Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Isla officiates matches for Hunter Valley Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Isla runs lines on Friday nights and referees when her playing duties allow. In her second year as a Newcastle Football Referee, Isla has shown a positive attitude to learn. She has improved 100 per cent and communicates well with all referees she works with.
Sam is an up-and-coming referee who has shown great leadership for someone of such a young age.
He sets a great example to other young referees and his efforts on the park deserve recognition.
Macquarie Football representatives thanked Sam and said they felt he was set up to have a great season.