Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month announced for April

April 23rd, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for April 2019 across the zones.

“Finding volunteers as passionate and selfless as this month’s winners is the goal for all sporting clubs across the country,” NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football Ross Hicks commented.

“Their contribution has been key in the continued success of their club and it is very pleasing to be able to recognise the effort’s 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 Northern NSW Football Annual Awards Night.

Newcastle Permanent Acting Chief Executive Officer Mark Williams echoes Hicks’ 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 go 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 April Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are as follows:

Scott McNeil

Dunoon United FC, Football Far North Coast

Scott McNeil spends an enormous amount of time committed to Dunoon United FC. Scott is the person that people now think about when the question is raised about why the club is able to achieve so much. In the past he has had roles including; Grounds Coordinator, Council Liason, Miniroos Coordinator, Ground set up every weekend. Now…. well not much has changed although he has assumed the role of overall coordinator far better.  2019 sees Scott stepping into the role of club president and so far he has been involved with an extraordinary list of responsibilities and tasks;Repairing grounds, Coordinating team selection, Working bees, Organising Council support, Driving grant applications, Volunteering in the canteen, Assisting with canteen coordinator duties. Ambassador for the values of the club, reinforcing good behavior and adherence to rules whenever possible. Scott is the person at the club that is aware of everything that is happening and 9/10 times is actually physically involved in some way.  Whist he allows the coordinators to get on with their roles he effectively overseas and is there to support them when needed.  If someone needs to be found to do a job he will go and find them, if he can’t, he will probably just do it. He is reliable, logical and does everything except possibly club technical director, because he believes he knows very little about the game (so he says) but that hasn’t stopped his passion as a volunteer.


Louise Smith

Wingham FC, Football Mid North Coast

Louise always goes above and beyond. While being the treasurer, she is also unofficially the fount of all knowledge within the club. She ensures every aspect runs as smoothly as possible and keeps all the other volunteers on top of their duties. Louise manages the U/16 team and keeps both players and coach up to date, deals with any issues as they arise and makes sure everyone from parents to players and even oppositions has an enjoyable experience. Louise’s positivity and boundless energy as well as her inclusive nature make her most deserving of every award possible. Without Louise our club would not be functional.




Joshua Parkhouse

Bellbird Junior FC, Hunter Valley Football

Josh reffed 2 games for the U/5s team in the 2018 winter season. This young man showed great respect, compassion and integrity towards every player on the field. Bellbird JFC are very proud to have such a wonderful young game leader part of their club!







Loren Cooney

Southern Lakes United FC, Macquarie Football

Loren is a dedicated volunteer who not only is the registrar, but has had to fill in as secretary, media, sponsorship liaison, mediator with council care and control. Loren also organises fields games meetings and spends time on the phone placing orders for the club as well as being the team manager for her partner’s team. Loren works all year round to make sure everything runs smoothly. She applies for fundraising days at Bunnings and spends most of the day there when we do, helps organises school games at our oval, and gets great enjoyment from all the kids knowing her and they all see her when they get an award. For a young girl of 25, Loren has already done so much for the club, yet every year she doesn’t ask for anything and is the first to help out.


Troy Morrison

Tilligerry FC, Newcastle Football

Troy has done an exceptional job in regards to getting all players and teams registered and is also a huge part of the club committee and the day-to-day running of the club. The club has admitted that he is the heart and soul of the club due to his dedication to the club and the football community.


Mandy Traynor

Urunga FC, North Coast Football

Mandy volunteered to be the Registrar two years ago even though she doesn’t have any children playing for the club. She has dealt with the tumultuous change in software programming with absolute professionalism and guided the club through the changes. As well as being the Registrar, Mandy has also been actively involved in many other aspects of the club including the procuring of a grant to enable the club to reduce our registration fees and thus encourage more young people to join. Mandy has also been instrumental in managing club uniforms and has generally been a go to person for issues…Not bad for a working mum with a busy schedule outside of voluntary work.


Graham Sutherland

Narrabri Junior FC, Northern Inland Football

Graham was the president for a number of years but is now stepping back to vice president and treasurer. Over the years, he has contributed many, many hours doing a lot for the club which once only had four committee members. He often has taken on the roles of the mowing and marking of lines, canteen co-ordinator , purchase officer, refereeing games and of course, general business of running the club.





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