Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for July 2021 across its zones.
“Clubs simply cannot function without the contribution of people like Steve, Jada, Glenn, Mitchell, Kristen, Bec and Dainis. Their ongoing contribution to their clubs has been outstanding and should be celebrated,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.
“Their clubs are better for the contribution they have made through their passion, hard work and willingness to roll the sleeves up and help provide the best football experience possible for their club’s players, parents and spectators.”
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 Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers who generously give back to their clubs and communities,” Juergens said.
“We thank all volunteers across the region and congratulate Steve, Jada, Glenn, Mitchell, Kristen, Bec and Dainis for their passion and dedication that ensures players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field.”
The July Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:
Football Far North Coast
Steve Ranyard – Lennox Head FC
Steve is dedicated to all aspects of Lennox Head FC. He goes over and beyond in supporting youth football and the development of young players. He is an asset to the club that needs to be recognised.
North Coast Football
Jada Johnson – Woolgoolga United FC
Jada has been an integral part of Woolgoolga United for a long time.
She has played first grade, been club registrar and treasurer for six years. She is the first one to put her hand up to do whatever is needed to help the club on and off the field.
Football Mid North Coast
Glenn Shultz – Gloucester Scorpions FC
Glenn runs the barbecue every Saturday morning of the season which he has done for the last five years. Very rarely does he miss a week.
Everyone loves Glenn’s bacon and egg rolls and the kids love having a talk to him. He cooks on average about 140 B&E rolls every week, pretty much by himself.
He is a valued member of Gloucester Scorpions FC and contributes greatly to the success of the canteen and the club.
Northern Inland Football
Mitchell O’Keefe – Oxley Vale Attunga FC
As club president, Mitchell goes above and beyond for Oxley Vale Attunga FC. He is always there to help committee and club members when needed, helping organise the teams and coaching kits at the beginning of the season, assisting with sponsor raffles alongside committee members, running monthly committee meetings and assisting with the organisation of special events, including fundraising days.
He gracefully handles disputes within the club when needed, all while working full-time and still finding time to spend with his two young children. He is an advocate for fairness and everyone having a go in all ages and grades, encouraging the growth of women’s football by supporting the growth of our women’s teams in all ages.
Mitchell is also the striker in the club’s first grade team, training twice a week and turning up every weekend and giving everything to the team. He is respected among the players of all teams as well as the referees and he even helps with the refereeing on a Friday night as there is a shortage of referees in the region.
Finally, on Saturday mornings he coaches an under-6s team, whom he also trains every Thursday afternoon. The passion he has for the club and the love he has for the game of football, he gives everything he can to the club and to the sport.
Hunter Valley Football
Kristen Birkett – Thornton Junior FC
Kristen is the heart and soul of Thornton Junior FC. How well the club is organised and structured as well as people being made to feel welcome and included is all due to Kristen’s hard work and dedication.
The club secretary spends countless hours working on all aspects of running the club and is always available to help and assist with questions or problems.
Week in, week out Thornton Junior FC’s 38 teams run like clockwork due to Kristen’s dedication.
Bec Russell – Shortland United FC
Bec works four days per week and has two small children but is still there to help at every home match weekend in the canteen, on the barbecue and anywhere else she is needed.
Bec also manages an under-8s team and is there until everything is packed up and the gates are closed.
Dainis Masens – Morisset United FC
The Morisset United club president contributes all of his free time to the club. He is involved every day whether it is at meetings, on the barbecue, in the canteen, opening equipment sheds, coaching or playing.
Dainis never complains and gives everyone in the club his undivided attention. He makes everyone feel welcome and gives the whole organisation a sense of belonging to their community.
Dainis is a wonderful role model for the younger players and coaches. He is dedicated, passionate and committed to Morisset United FC and the club would not run as smooth as it does without him.