Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for August 2020 across the Zones.
“Clubs simply cannot run without the contribution of people like Thomas, Tony, Sarah, Scott, Mel, Gavin and Sam,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Their ongoing contribution to their clubs has been outstanding and should be celebrated.
“Their clubs are better football clubs for the contributions they’ve made through their passion, hard work and willingness to ‘roll the sleeves up’ and help to provide the best football experience possible for their club’s players, parents and spectators alike.”
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.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers who generously give back to their clubs and communities,” Juergens said.
“It is wonderful to see local volunteers being acknowledged for their commitment.”
The August Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Lismore Richmond Rovers FC
Football Far North Coast
Gough, the Lismore Richmond Rovers FC club president, has been involved with the club since 2011 and is now an administrator, player and coach of two junior sides.
Gough brings professionalism through his day job as a chartered accountant that will help to evolve the way that Rovers operate, to supplement the energetic work of many long-term volunteers at the club.
Gough said he was fortunate to be at a club that had so many experienced and generous people to lend a hand.
“There are so many others who deserve this award more than me.” Gough said.
“Thanks to the Newcastle Permanent for the ongoing investment that they make to the game.”
Iona Sports Club
Football Mid North Coast
Tony Judge was nominated by Iona Sports Club for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.
Judge has worked countless hours behind the scenes organising his entire club as its secretary, getting Iona Sports Club ready and prepared for the 2020 season.
He also does an outstanding job training young players and giving them knowledge every week.
Weston Junior FC
Hunter Valley Football
Sarah Plessiet, the Weston Junior FC club president, goes over and above for the club.
As the club runs a very small committee, Plessiet took on all the club’s COVID-19 safety responsibilities and recommendations recently.
Her hard work has ensured the club’s children and families have been able to get back on the field safely.
Plessiet lives and breathes the Weston Bears spirit and does everything, no matter how difficult, with a smile on her face.
Southern Lakes United FC
Scott Miller is the club’s groundsman and is at the ground numerous times per week mowing fields, painting lines and organising the sheds.
He also somehow finds time to coach his under-13s team while also working full-time.
Miller has been known to arrive at the ground straight off a night shift, turning up in the dark to make sure everything is perfect for game day.
Miller has been described as the lifeblood of the club, who appreciate everything he does to help get their players on the pitch.
Mel Africa, Wallsend FC’s club secretary, has been an active volunteer at the club for a number of years.
Africa has done a fantastic job taking over from former administrators after the entire executive left and a new group of people were appointed, which was an extremely difficult task.
Africa has kept her stakeholders informed as to what is happening, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is full of great ideas, is approachable and happy to listen to feedback or ideas that are presented to her.
She takes on any role or job that needs doing and is flexible with an enthusiastic work ethic. Africa gives maximum effort to her club and is a big part of the Red Devils family which includes her two children as players and her husband who is an amazing coach.
Scotts Head Sharks
North Coast Football
Gavin Jones was nominated by Scotts Head Sharks for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.
Jones, president of Scotts Head Sharks, has overseen the largest percentage growth in player numbers at a North Coast Football club this year.
Oxley Vale Attunga FC
Northern Inland Football
Sam Higgins is the club’s coaching coordinator and has revamped Oxley Vale Attunga from their under-5s through to their Premier League squad.
Higgins approached the club at the start of the year with a three-year plan to restructure Oxley Vale Attunga’s juniors and implement high performance and leadership sessions to bring teams closer.
He has gone above and beyond by meeting with every coach face to face, going through their respective competitions and organising his own sponsors to get coaches and team managers jackets so they are easily identifiable on game day.
Higgins has already done exceptional things only a few months into the role and, even with the interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has not been deterred.