Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for May 2021 across its zones.
“Finding volunteers as enthusiastic and selfless as Julie, Fiona, Riley, Monique, Norman, Tracy and Ben is the goal for all sporting clubs across Australia,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Their contribution has been key in their club’s sustained success and it is satisfying to be able to acknowledge the effort and hard work they have provided their clubs 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 congratulated the winners on becoming recipients of the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award.
“Volunteers are the vital backbone to football. Without dedicated volunteers like Julie, Fiona, Riley, Monique, Norman, Tracy and Ben community football would not happen every weekend,” Juergens said.
“We thank and congratulate them for their valuable contribution.”
The May Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Julie Bianchi – Bangalow SC
Julie first became aware of Bangalow SC when she moved to Australia in 2000. Her partner Neil registered their three eldest boys to play for the club in 2001 as a way of meeting families and making new friends.
The family was having so much fun playing football that Julie started to play. When Julie and Neil’s youngest son joined the club in 2006, Julie decided to volunteer to coach the team with the help of another mum, Dale Viola, who was the Bangalow Bluedogs registrar at the time.
Julie subsequently volunteered here time to help Dale with the registrar role and eventually became the junior registrar in 2016. Julie has said that she did not really understand just how much work went on behind the scenes to run a club and more broadly, by the small group of volunteers, who do so much every year.
North Coast Football
Fiona Clancy – Boambee FC
Fiona has volunteered year after year at Boambee FC. She has always held multiple positions within the club as well as serving as club president.
She always gives her time to recruit new players and is there for the coaches and managers, co-ordinating the MiniRoos program and ensuring the club’s success.
Fiona also manages to play in the over-30s women’s team and encourages both the younger and older members to play their best having been instrumental in making the club a close knit community and family.
Football Mid North Coast
Riley Papas – Camden Haven FC
Riley is the club’s coaching co-ordinator and men’s coach but he does so much more than that.
As coaching co-ordinator, Riley has helped ensure all teams have a coach. Where teams were without, he sourced coaches from the men’s squad, helping the club’s seniors to give back to their juniors.
Riley has made himself available to all coaches, day and night, to assist them to get going for the season, ensuring they have the right gear and knowledge to lead the club.
As a coach, Riley is an inspiration to young footballers. Only in his early 20s, Riley leads the men’s squads with maturity and skill well beyond his years. He has the club progressing in the FFA Cup and last season his squad was undefeated. Riley has achieved all this while also playing. Player-coach is an incredibly tough role but Riley does it with ease.
On top of this, Riley is a tower of strength to the other volunteers within the club, helping to cut through the mess and get things done. He is one of Camden Haven FC’s key volunteers on game day, despite having his own work commitments to juggle.
When floods decimated the town, Riley was one of the first volunteers back helping out. When something needs to be done, Riley is the one recruiting helpers and getting on with the job. He never complains, never asks for anything in return. He is a role model volunteer, player and coach and any club would be lucky to have a Riley in their mix.
Northern Inland Football
Monique Soutter – Wee Waa United FC
Monique contributes so much to the club, setting up for games and organising kits at the start of the season for distribution.
She has three young children but still manages to look after other kids, organise things before games and attend matches as well as look after senior football in the afternoons.
Hunter Valley Football
Norman Moyle – Abermain Rams FC
Norman had been a tireless volunteer at Abermain Rams for the last 50 years before he was forced to retire due to health concerns this year.
Norm would be seen every afternoon helping all age groups train and giving coaching advice as well as setting up fields every Friday and Saturday.
He will be greatly missed by everyone at Abermain Rams but Norm will still be seen down at the club on Saturday mornings watching his great grandchildren play.
Tracy McMahon – Wallsend Junior FC
Wallsend Junior FC would not be the club it is without Tracy. She has been actively involved in Wallsend for many years before returning to an executive committee position last year.
Tracy can be seen everywhere from organising game days, operating the canteen to sorting uniforms and whatever else is required.
But most amazingly is the way she approaches everything Wallsend Junior FC with a smile, a laugh and positive energy. Tracy has also taken on managing the club’s under-15s team.
There is nothing that is too much trouble and no one deserves more recognition than Tracy, with everything she does appreciated by the club and its members.
Ben Walsh – Edgeworth Junior Soccer Club
Ben spends every Saturday down at the club from 6.30am to help set up the grounds, not returning home until after 3pm when everything is packed up.
He organises and runs the club’s MiniRoos program including organising the referees and chasing people to sign their team sheets, only leaving to coach his under-9s team.