Northern NSW Football announce Newcastle Permanent Community Coaches of the Year

October 14th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Community Coaches of the Year for 2020 across its Zones.

Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise the winners’ contributions.

“Coaching is one of the most important factors in the football experience had by our players,” Haynes said.

“It is important that coaches like Chris, Andrew, MacKenzie, Bryce, Tye, Geoff and Craig continue the great work they are doing at their clubs so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”

Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens congratulated the winners on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award for their respective zones.

“Coaches are integral in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential,” Juergens said.

“Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting community football across northern NSW and recognising those coaches who demonstrate a passion and dedication to developing their teams.”

As the winner of their Zone’s Community Coach of the Year award, recipients are now nominees for Northern NSW Football’s Annual Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award to be announced during the week commencing 26 October.

Football Far North Coast – Chris Layland

Chris Layland is a highly credentialled coach who believes passionately in the relevance of coach education. This experienced coach has an impressive CV of qualifications and a commitment to providing junior players with technical support to improve their skills.

Layland also has a sound appreciation of the range of components required to make a club environment effective, fun and responsive to change. He applauded volunteers at his own club, Byron Bay FC, and also people at other local clubs who he believes are the “silent and unheralded few” who work tirelessly behind the scenes to assist coaches, players and parents at club level.

Layland also highlights his strong belief that building good values, respect for others and being part of a community are responsibilities that are just as important as the football activities.

North Coast Football – Andrew Plumb

Andrew Plumb was nominated by Northern Storm FC for his commitment over the duration of his service to the club.

Plumb, from Sapphire Beach, has worked closely with North Coast Football to raise the skill level of players in the area.

Football Mid North Coast – MacKenzie Toone-Spokes

MacKenzie Toone-Spokes has coached Wauchope FC’s combined under-6/7s team for the last two seasons.

The 17-year-old manages two teams of little girls all enjoying their first year of football. MacKenzie is professional in managing the girls and talking to their parents.

She also plays with the club and, despite being in her senior years at high school, ensures she is at every training session and game each week.

MacKenzie has been described as a role model for her players and is polite, friendly, enthusiastic and organised. She communicates well with parents and has assessed the needs of her players before developing individually tailored and targeted support, helping her build a strong rapport.

Northern Inland Football – Bryce Woods

Bryce has been a coach with Inverell FC since his 11-year-old boy started playing football with his daughter also playing in the under-9s with Bryce actively involved with both teams.

Bryce is very supportive and has a strong focus on giving every child the opportunity to play. He has a great connection with the players who respond well to his coaching.

Bryce focuses on skill development with each player no matter their skill level or ability. He has received compliments from parents of players who have not played football before about the way he encourages and supports the kids to develop their football skills.

“Bryce is all about fair play and creating a fun and inclusive environment that encouraged kids to have fun and want to come back every week,” Inverell FC president James Sweeney said.

As well as coaching every week Bryce is also the club groundsman and has assisted in ensuring a group of volunteers arrive each week to set up and assist on match days.

Bryce is a great example of a community coach who ensures kids are having fun and returning to football each week.

Hunter Valley Football – Tye Olsen

Tye Olsen coaches Metford Cobras’ under-13s team and has a fantastic rapport with the children, whose parents are delighted with his approach to his coaching style and behaviour on the sideline.

His comments are always positive and encouraging, with Olsen described as an extremely passionate coach who is admired by not only his team but their parents and other members of the club.

Olsen’s knowledge of the game and kind, caring nature makes him a great coach and wonderful asset to the club.

Newcastle Football – Geoff Mellon

Geoff Mellon, the club’s under-12s coach, has been affiliated with Kotara South FC for many years.

He is always there to help and does not just coach his team but guides and supports his players.

He acts as a taxi driver if kids cannot get to training or a game and is always there to motivate and support his players and their families.

Macquarie Football – Craig Plain

As well as holding the roles of president and football manager while playing over-35s, Craig coaches two teams, the under-8s girls and under-11s boys, with the boys playing in the under-12 competition.

Craig’s philosophy is to play your best but don’t forget to have fun.

About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High-Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

Integral to the Newcastle Permanent Community Football partnership is recognition of volunteers, coaches, referees and others on the ground who play a vital role in delivering the game across northern NSW.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Year, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of more than 10,000 free footballs to young players each year.


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