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Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month August Award Winners Announced

September 26th, 2016
PICTURED: Glen Horne from Valentine FC, Macquarie Football

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for August 2016 across the zones.

“Volunteers are the core of our game and are the reason for the success of community football,” Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said.

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.

“Each of the August winners have been chosen for their dedication to hours of work, commitment to their club and ensuring their club is an enjoyable and safe place to participate,” Haynes said.

Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer, Terry Millett echoes Haynes sentiments and applauds the volunteers who received the award.

“We are delighted that a local volunteer has received this award and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to community football,” Millett said.

All member clubs will be able to nominate their fantastic volunteers via the link below and provide their details and a brief description of their contribution to football.

The August Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from the seven Member Zones are as follows:


Kerri Saunders

Quirindi Football Club

Northern Inland Football

Kerri goes way above and beyond what is required in her two roles within the club. At the drop of a hat Kerri has been able to co-ordinate fundraisers that have yielded much needed funds for our club. Raffles, trivia night and sponsors day catering have raised thousands of dollars for our club thanks to the enormous hours and hard work Kerri has put in.

Coupled with this responsibility Kerri is also the Women’s team manager and plays in our women’s team. From ensuring players have transport to our games, to ensuring equipment arrives at games, to keeping the team and coach up to date through countless communications, to keeping everyone up to date by posting articles about the Matilda’s on our social media platforms, Kerri’s efforts as team manager are the major reason the team has the positive culture Quirindi FC endorses.

Outside of her official roles, Kerri chips in wherever she sees a need including organising club (men and women’s team’s players and families) get together’s and club morale building bbq’s. Kerri’s passion and dedication to the Quirindi FC Club is second to none and more importantly her passion for the game itself is something that should not go unrewarded.


Kenneth Devan

University of Newcastle Men’s Football Club

Newcastle Football

At a club that relies heavily on players (rather than older members or parents) volunteering their time to ‘make things happen’, Kenneth is never too busy or disinterested to help out.

He is always putting in effort to help with training gear, match day setup of goals and fields and has spent the most time in the canteen out of any of the players at our club. All of this has been done with a smile on his face and never requires anything in return. There have been days where he has watched all subsequent games after his from the canteen window, and not once has asked for someone to replace him or take over.

We would like to thank Kenny for all of the time and effort that he has put into making our club a success and helping contribute to our club running as smoothly as it has been this season.


Glen Horne

Valentine FC

Macquarie Football

Every Saturday of the season for 10 years, Glen Horne donates his time to assist in our BBQ shed, without payment. Glen has donated thousands of hours over this time. His unselfish service to others is even more remarkable when you consider his children are no longer playing for the club.


Jenny Hodgins

Bellbird Junior Football Club

Hunter Valley Football

Jenny is an amazing volunteer who not only fulfils the role of treasurer but has also assisted the club in the last two seasons by placing orders and following up on the club merchandise (despite a small sock set-back), places orders for canteen stock and completes the shopping for other canteen supplies.

She has been at the field every Tuesday and Thursday since training started to co-ordinate merchandise orders and rego payments and generally each day has been to accommodate families that were not able to attend the nominated dates for this things.

This lady goes out of her way to be available for committee members and families, fundraising and day-to-day tasks, including pre-season canteen cleaning.



Tracey Taylor

Corindi Red Rock Soccer Club

North Coast Football

Tracey has been a major reason for the increase of our club’s member’s boom. She plays and recruited a whole over 30s women’s team who are improving and out performing all expectations.

But most significant of all is the increase in junior player registrations of which she has had major influence in recruiting players and volunteers through the registrar position and also managing and coaching multiple teams.

One of the teams she manages is an outstanding U16 boys’ team which was a whole new team to our club this year due to Tracey’s persistence in recruiting.

Her enthusiasm and friendliness helps our club shine as a smaller club competing for registrations against much larger clubs. It was noting during a recent all clubs meeting by a board member that we must be doing something right in our club.


Olivia Evans

Port Saints Football Club

Football Mid North Coast

Olivia has spent many hours/days/weeks sorting out nearly 500 registrations and multi-tasks that with the Facebook page answering questions and putting up flyers. Olivia is also involved in speaking to sponsors to strike new deals on top of that.


Rachel Lowenstein

Lismore Workers FC

Football Far North Coast

This year is Rachel’s first year as a committee member of LWFC, where her official role was Senior Registrar. Rachel has become a reliable contributor for the club, also helping out wherever she is required (I.e. junior registrar duties, match sheets and results etc.). Rachel began playing at 19 years of age with TEBFC. She then played with Bangalow, before finally playing with LWFC for three years (retiring due to injuries). In that time, she has had only six years where she hasn’t played.

Her husband plays with LWFC Men’s Division 7 and has played for year’s. She has three children, two of whom play Miniroos with LWFC and Rachel supports her family with the same enthusiasm that confirms her as a valuable community volunteer for so many.


About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across Northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High-Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Year, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of over 9,000 free balls to young players.

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