Football Far North Coast Announces its 2017 Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners

November 13th, 2017
Photo: Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year, Gary Whisker, Nimbin Headers Sports Club.

Newcastle Football would like to congratulate this year’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Yearly Winners in their Zone.

Official Community Football Partner, Newcastle Permanent Building Society once again provided the monthly award program to recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, coaches, match officials and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven-member Zones.

Football Far North Coast General Manager, Steve Mackney, said this was another tough year in selecting the annual winners for their Zone but congratulates those who received their deserved award.

“The Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise a range of people who represent so many individuals across our member clubs and within the football community,” Mackney said.

“Community Football relies on a collective effort and these awards reflect the appreciation extended to everyone who plays a role in progressing our game.”

Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer Terry Millett echoed Mackney’s sentiments and said Newcastle Permanent is proud to honour those who give up their time to assist in the community.

“Without the dedication of volunteers, coaches and match officials such as these generous people – grassroots sports including football, would not survive. These committed people make it possible for kids to lead active, healthy lives, ” Mr Millett said.

Football Far North Coast, Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients.


Newcastle Permanent Club of the Year
Dunoon United FC 

Dunoon United worked with the council this year to achieve an exercise and playground area adjacent to the club. The club has worked with Football Far North Coast to coordinate and host the 2017 Newcastle Permanent Building Society Grand Finals Series. Media release and media event to support recruitment, highlighting female participation. Increased numbers to 245 players from 209 in 2016. Their club has increased in their female participation 41%, they have achieved Level 2 accreditation and are proposing to initiate Level 3 accreditation in 2018.

The club encourages coach education and invited NNSWF Coach Coordinator Matt Fox to attend Dunoon to undertake programs and development of club coaches and trainers. The club also holds internal FFA curriculum education sessions and defibrillator and first aid training for coaches.

The club has also established a policy to support Silent Saturday every week called “let the children play”. Dunoon United collected the overall vote of Northern NSW Football’s and won the Newcastle Permanent Club of the Year at Northern NSW Football’s Awards Night. Congratulations to the team of volunteers at Dunoon United FC!


Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year
Corey Boag 

Corey continues to impress as a match official, with great dedication shown to his role and a friendly, honest personality that comes across in his refereeing. Corey is one of the top Assistant Referees in our Men’s Premier Division and is a talented young referee on junior fixtures. His ability to listen to feedback that is provided by coaches or senior referees allows him to continue to improve as a match official. Corey is keen to continue working his way through the refereeing ranks and we are sure that his positive attitude and ability will see him achieve his goals. Congratulations Corey!


Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year
Gary Whisker
Nimbin Headers Sports Club 

Gary has been treasurer of the Nimbin Headers for 10 years. His dedication to Nimbin Headers is extraordinary. He is a football fanatic, who in addition to playing, he also coaches a junior team in addition to administrative demands such as being the club treasurer. Gary actively participates in helping make most important decisions for the club and is also a valued contact person to liaise with Football Far North Coast. We are glad to have a person like Gary influencing future players and creating a passion for the football. Gary is highly respected within the Nimbin community for this and his generosity, caring and promoting Nimbin Headers as a big football family. Congratulations on all the work you have done Gary!


Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year
Cameron Hyde
South Lismore FC

Cameron started his first senior coaching role in 2017 when despite recovering from cancer treatment, he has guided South Lismore FC Men’s Division 1 to a promotion back to the premier league in 2018. Cameron also coaches at Southern Cross University Football Centre, with an involvement across several junior age groups. Cameron brings a positive attitude and promotes football opportunities and passion. Congratulations Cameron!

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