Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for October 2020 across the Zones.
“Finding volunteers as passionate and selfless as Cameron, Paul, Leanne, Andy, Jim, Tony and Luke 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 at the heart of any club’s activities and operations,” Juergens said.
“This award recognises the great example of members giving back to their local club and community.
“Newcastle Permanent is proud to recognise and reward volunteers for their valuable contribution.”
The October Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of its seven Member Zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Cameron Latimer – Lismore Thistles FC
North Coast Football
Paul Coulter – Macksville SC
Paul Coulter is the club’s vice-president, MiniRoos co-ordinator and summer futsal manager.
He has been the driving force behind Macksville SC’s MiniRoos and summer futsal competitions as well as captaining and coaching the club’s senior men’s team.
Football Mid North Coast
Leanne Coleman – Port Saints FC
Leanne joined Port Saints FC as canteen manager last year following many years volunteering with a different sporting code.
She displays a genuine enthusiasm for the work she does with Port Saints FC and her passion for improving the players’ experience at the club has never wavered, even after a turbulent year due to COVID-19.
Her warmth and welcoming nature have been instrumental in increasing parent volunteer numbers over the last two years.
Northern Inland Football
Andy Cygan – Gunnedah FC
As well as being a volunteer, Andy Cygan is a player, coach and committee member at Gunnedah FC.
He has been part of the senior first and reserve grade squad for the last five years and coaches his son’s under-5/6 team in the junior competition. Cygan has also coached a junior team for the last two years.
Cygan helps with mowing of the club’s grounds and all the line marking for 16 pitches. He helps set up and pack up the fields for junior football every Saturday and assists with setting up and coaching at the club’s weekly junior training sessions. He also coaches the senior first and reserve grade teams twice a week.
Cygan has also organised major sponsors for the club, is a director on the club’s committee and is one of the club’s most valuable volunteers.
Hunter Valley Football
Jim Doyle – Gresford Vacy FC
Jim Doyle has been a driving force as the club adapted its operations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has worked with Northern NSW Football, Hunter Valley Football, Dungog Council and various sports grounds committees in planning to enable the season to proceed safely.
Doyle has ensured that fees are low and accessible for juniors and those starting out and assisted those in economic hardship so they were able to play football.
Doyle is big on motivating new members to either be involved in sport or working in committee or coaching roles. He sees volunteering as a key social role and promotes this at every opportunity.
Doyle has also been strong in advocating for grants and new facilities for the club and community, assisting with education of coaches and supportive of club culture framework initiatives to help make the people and clubs he is involved with better and stronger.
He is supportive of the people in his teams and is always trying to rope the next person he meets into a role with the club – a big man with a big heart.
Tony Miller – Wallsend Junior FC
Tony Miller is a committee member and coach at the club as well as a volunteer. He is Wallsend Junior FC’s small-sided football coordinator, under-8s girls coach and All Age coach and is at the club’s ground every Saturday to help set up and pack up.
He is also known to return to the ground in the afternoon to ensure the day has run smoothly and is a wealth of information for the committee to draw upon. Miller never hesitates to help out in other areas and is described as being vital to the running of the club and its matchday activities.
Luke Nicholson – Morisset United FC
Luke Nicholson has volunteered at Morisset United FC for many years and is part of the club’s committee, filling the role of grounds person.
Nicholson marks the lines in his spare time and tends to ground maintenance throughout the year.
Luke helps train his son’s team as well as playing in the club’s over-35s team where he is an integral squad member.
Every Saturday morning he is down at the ground at 6am to set up the fields and cook the barbecue while enjoying a laugh and a joke.
Nicholson is one reason why Morisset United FC has been such a successful club and an enjoyable one to be part of.