Macquarie Football Volunteer of the Month Nick Eather

Volunteers of the Month announced as part of Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Awards for June

July 2nd, 2021

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the Newcastle Permanent Volunteers of the Month for June 2021 across its zones.

“Without volunteers such as Belinda, Julia, Richard, Danny, Ryan, Roz and Nick our sport simply would not be in the position it enjoys,” NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said.

“Their contributions have been key to their clubs’ capacity to provide positive football experiences for its members. I am pleased that NNSWF can thank and recognise our recipients on behalf of the sport.”

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 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.

“The Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month award recognises the everyday people who are the backbone of our local clubs and community football,” Juergens said.

“Congratulations to Belinda, Julia, Richard, Danny, Ryan, Roz and Nick for your passion and dedication to your community.”

The June Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month Award recipients from across each of NNSWF’s seven member zones are:


Football Far North Coast
Belinda Nott – Goonellabah FC

Belinda has been involved at Goonellabah Hornets for eight years. Like many volunteers, Belinda first got involved when her children started playing.

Initially a supportive parent on the sideline, Belinda has stepped forward and taken on the role of coach and for the last two years has also been junior club vice president in addition to being Goonellabah FC’s senior and junior registrar.

Belinda also drove the club’s MiniRoos gala day in May which proved to be an outstanding success.

Like many volunteers and despite having a raft of demands in her employment and being a mum supporting her family, Belinda is energic, calm and has brought many positive attributes to Goonellabah FC.


North Coast Football
Julia Etel – Northern Storm FC

Julia has two young boys who play for Northern Storm in the under-9s and 11s as well as their respective Skill Acquisition Programs.

Not only does Julie coach the under-9s team, Julia manages the under-11s and organises training schedules, keeps in contact with parents and is consistently helping the kids get the most out of their football experience.

Parents are always informed about where games are, what is happening with training and how each game goes. Julia brings a huge amount of professionalism and commitment to her teams as a volunteer as well as fostering an incredible sense of community.

She ensures the kids have fun, learn new skills and realises what being part of a team means. She endeavours to find ways to help players get more out of football beyond their Saturday games including promoting participation at gala days and even organising friendly matches between other clubs if there is a bye.

Julia does all this while working full time as a vet and teacher. It is not that she has the time, it is that she cares enough to make the time. She is passionate about her clubs, the kids and football, with parents describing it as a “pleasure” that their children are involved with her teams.


Football Mid North Coast
Richard Allen – Great Lakes United FC

Richard is the club’s winter competition, summer 6s and annual Viking Challenge registrar. He has also coached his children for eight years and is on sub committees for Summer 6s and the Viking Challenge.

For Summer 6s Richard organises referees, prints out game cards, completes draws as well as updates scores.

At Viking Challenge Richard completes the draw, inputs game results and helps with the smooth running of the two-day event.

Whenever a hand is needed at the club’s ground Richard is there to help. He is a wonderful asset to Great Lakes United FC and his continued support is greatly appreciated by all at the club.


Northern Inland Football
Danny Laws – Narrabri FC

As well as being club president, Danny volunteers his time to complete the season draws and manage changes during the year. He coaches junior and senior teams at Narrabri and, when he isn’t playing or coaching, can be found serving in the club’s canteen or on the pitch refereeing.

Danny has been described as a “huge asset” to Narrabri football and that the football community would be lost without him.


Hunter Valley Football
Ryan Froml – Scone FC

Ryan was nominated by Scone FC for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.

Ryan is an energetic club volunteer with his can do attitude regarding so many facets of the club.

He manages to take on so many different responsibilities, doing them thoroughly for the benefit of all the players young and old.

He has worked tirelessly on researching the history of the Scone Mustangs Club giving it a greater identity in the Scone community. The culture that Ryan has created within the club among players, parents, referees, coaches and volunteers is strong.

Score FC are a club within a strong growth phase with growth in registration for males and females, making Ryan an asset in so many ways.


Newcastle Football
Roz Carter – Maryland Fletcher FC

Roz was nominated by Maryland Fletcher FC for her ongoing commitment and dedication to football.

Roz turns up every week to run the club’s canteen, the grounds and much more. She has been described as “absolutely amazing” and is considered an integral part of the club.


Macquarie Football
Nick Eather – Barnsley FC

Nick holds three committee positions as Barnsley FC’s president, registrar and canteen manager as well as playing on Friday nights and Zone League.

He is at the club’s ground every day to set up and cleans up at the end of each Saturday when Barnsley FC play at home.

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2021 Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Awards June Volunteer of the Month

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