Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month Announced for May

May 28th, 2019

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

“Without volunteers our sport simply would not be in the position it currently enjoys,” NNSWF Senior Officer – Community Football, Ross Hicks commented.

“Their contribution to the their club and the game has been key to its ability to provide positive football experiences for all its members. I am pleased that NNSWF is able to thanks and recognise our winners on behalf of the sport.”

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.

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


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

Michael Primiano

Goonellabah FC, Football Far North Coast

Michael has been involved with Goonellabah FC for more than 40 years. He commenced as a young player and his involvement has continued in roles including player, coach and committee member and Michael is in his third year as Club president. Although a man of few words, Michael is a good communicator and is always readily available to ensure to support activities at Goonellabah FC. The Hornets celebrate their 50th year in 2019 and Michael Primiano has a vision to see the club progress even more successfully in the next fifty years.


Jose Ustariz

Camden Haven Redbacks, Football Mid North Coast

Officially Jose is the Treasurer and Ladies’ Coach, and he does a fantastic job at both of these. Unofficially though, Jose is just about anything you need him to be. He has taken on board the role of Canteen Co-ordinator whilst our actual Canteen Co-ordinator is unavailable. He’s at the fields every Friday and Saturday putting up nets, setting up fields, manning the canteen and performing ground control duties, even though the only game he needs to be there for is the Ladies game at 5pm on Saturday afternoon. He liaises with our governing body, sources gear for our players, opens our canteen on training days so parents can purchase uniforms, and liaises with sponsors to ensure we all support each other. If ever a problem arises, Jose is the first to put up his hand to offer to fix it.






Cathy Easdown

Gresford Vacy FC, Hunter Valley Football

Cath is remarkable, having given so much of her time and commitment to facilitate and motivate the club and committee to function for the local community. Her financial attention to detail, drive with committee issues and organisational skills are a contributing force to the clubs’ success. Cath has been involved with the Scorpions for 16 years and continues to carry out her roles without prompting, with a high degree of professionalism and has immense respect internally to the club and with external association partners. Cath is the glue that holds the club firmly together and much loved.


Denis Palmer

Argenton United JFC, Macquarie Football

Denis is a terrific volunteer. Not only does he look after the mowing and marking of the field, but he has also painted the front of the clubhouse, is painting the canteen and also looks after all general repairs.



Stephanie Palmer

University of Newcastle Women’s FC, Newcastle Football

Stephanie has been an instrumental part of our club for many years, holding a variety of roles within the club from player, purchasing officer, secretary, president and now vice-president, and she has continually offered guidance and constructive advice in all these roles. So far this year, she has been heavily involved with player registrations, player recruitment, player retention and club administration.  Stephanie was an instrumental part of our grading process and is always one of the first to greet and chat to new members (and returning members) and ensure that they are feeling confident and happy and help guide them through the process of grading/signing up. This is a particular important quality to have when engaging with new adult players who are often wary of trying a new sport. From a club administration perspective, Steph’s knowledge about club football is a great asset. She is continually bringing new and better ways to deal with club registration and has been instrumental in helping other executive committee members understand the new playfootball system. She is always willing to sit with other committee members and listen to and help solve problems they may be having with their administrative roles.


Margaret Hope

Boambee FC, North Coast Football

Marg is the heart and soul of Boambee FC. She is first to the ground on game day to open the canteen and set-up, and last to leave.
Marg has a positive-vibrant personality which rubs off on everyone around her. She often sacrifices her time to help the club with fund raising activities and arrange uniforms for teams and supporters.



Emily Carter

North Companions FC, Northern Inland Football

Emily joined the committee for the 2019 year, taking on the role of club registrar. Being new to the committee and having a new system (playfootball) to navigate through, Emily has made the role her own and the club has admitted they would be lost without her patience and commitment to the role. The club reached a milestone this year with 500+ registered players and would like to acknowledge Emily’s tireless efforts.

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