Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month award winners announced for September

September 5th, 2020

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for September 2020 across the Zones.

“Finding volunteers as passionate and selfless as David, Peter, Michael, Lisa, Jodie, Damien and Max is the goal for all sporting clubs across the country,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.

“Their contribution has been key in the continued success of their clubs and it is very pleasing to be able to recognise the effort and hard work they have provided over the years.”

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 end of the season.

Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens echoed Haynes’ sentiments and applauded the volunteers who received the award.

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

“Newcastle Permanent expresses gratitude to the thousands of volunteers across northern NSW who generously give their time to ensure players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field.”

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


Football Far North Coast

David Craggs – Lismore RSM Workers FC

David Craggs joined Lismore RSM Workers FC in 2010 after spending many years playing football in Coffs Harbour. He became senior president in 2018 to help rebuild the club that had lost many senior players for a range of reasons.

David stepped up to the role of club president in 2019 while also coaching his son’s MiniRoos under-7s team. The club has several new volunteers this year and the main objective is to review the way that the club operates, get back to basics and encourage families and new players of all ages to give the game a go.


North Coast Football

Peter Knott – Woolgoolga United FC

Peter Knott is a tireless worker who shows great leadership in that he leads by example and spends many hours each week working for the club, often at the expense of his own business.

He has been instrumental in increasing the number of registered players in the club and he relates well to the parents and community.


Football Mid North Coast

Michael Wallace – Taree SC

Michael Wallace took over as the Taree SC’s secretary this year, returning to the role to help turn the club around.

Wallace led the charge as the club achieved a five-star rating in the National Club Development Program, consistently working towards before finally achieving the goal.

Wallace works tirelessly on behalf of the club and is a driving force behind its success.


Northern Inland Football

Lisa Biddle – Tamworth FC

Lisa Biddle joined the Tamworth FC committee last year and has been actively involved with the club since.

Biddle has made herself available to help the club in any way she can from cooking the barbecue to setting up the marquee.

This season, Biddle also took on the role of gear steward and liaises with suppliers to ensure all gear and clothing orders are met for club members.


Hunter Valley Football

Jodie Hancock – Metford Cobras FC

Jodie Hancock is the backbone of Metford Cobras FC

Hancock is the club’s secretary and without her, Metford Cobras FC would not be playing this season.

As well as playing in Metford’s over-35s and All Age women’s teams, Hancock organises every weekend without issue and has been the club’s main organiser in every aspect.

She has built an excellent committee and always gives 100 per cent. Hancock is a great communicator, is everybody’s mate and is always there to help. She has dedicated her life to making Metford Cobras FC a happy, fun-filled and passionate place to play football.


Newcastle Football

Damien Whittaker – Kotara South FC

Damien Whittaker has been described as a true leader. Calm, aware and with outstanding communication will levels of the club.

This is Whittaker’s first year as Kotara South FC president after being secretary last year. His management of the club throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been exemplary. Whittaker has kept his stakeholders informed in a calm, rational way, leading the club to a strong position to enable their young players to play in 2020.

Whittaker has held Zoom meetings and information sessions, produced video updates to advise the latest information and remind stakeholders of their obligations.


Macquarie Football

Max McCorkill – South Cardiff JFC

Max McCorkill is a dedicated football volunteer who can be found at the club’s grounds most days. As vice president he does much of the work on the club’s fields, not only for South Cardiff JFC but for all users.

McCorkill tries his utmost to win as many grants for the club as possible to keep their grounds at a high standard. He is at the club most Friday nights helping to set up for the weekend and is the first one there every Saturday to open the grounds and lead the team in setting up the four fields for play.

He is proactive and a huge asset to South Cardiff JFC. McCorkill is a wonderful rule follower and has helped with the COVID-19 changes every step of the way with a positive attitude.

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