Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in Football Far North Coast for May.
The awards recognise the hard work and significant time volunteers, coaches and match officials contribute to Australia’s largest team sport.
NNSWF Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes said the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise those who make the game what it is today.
“Without this month’s winners, football simply would not be in the position it is, each of these winners has made an outstanding contribution to their clubs and deserve to be recognised.
“Community Football relies on a collective effort and these awards reflect the appreciation extended to everyone who plays a role in progressing our game.
“I am pleased we are able to thank and acknowledge each of them on behalf of the sport, thanks to the support of our major sponsor, Newcastle Permanent.”
Each of the winners was selected from a number of nominations made by club colleagues and observers of the game. Each winner receives unique packs from Official Community Football Partner, Newcastle Permanent to help them in their endeavours.
Newcastle Permanent’s David Parker, Branch Lending Manager at Ballina, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.
“We are delighted that these local heroes have received this award and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to their club and community football.” Parker said.
From the pool of monthly winners, Football Far North Coast will nominate one winner from each category to represent their Zone for the opportunity to be named “Newcastle Permanent Community Football Winner of the Year” to be announced at NNSWF’s Annual Awards Night in October.
Northern NSW Football, Football Far North Coast and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for May.
Referee of the Month
Joshua & Jackson Yates
Jackson (16) began refereeing with FFNC in 2016, with younger brother Josh (14) following suit the year after. In the relatively short time they have been involved, they have proven themselves to be very talented individuals. The mature attitude that each displays is a reflection of a desire to make a positive contribution to the game. Despite their youth, both Jackson and Joshua have already been identified as having the competency to officiate as Assistant Referees in Men’s and Women’s Premier Division. Jackson has progressed to officiating some senior games as a centre referee and it is anticipated that he will advance to higher level competitions soon. The efforts of these brothers are not only recognised because of their efforts on the field with the brothers being jointly acknowledged with a “Commitment to Refereeing Award” in 2017 at the Football Far North Coast Match Officials annual function. These boys are perfect examples of individuals who demonstrate talent, outstanding personal skills, maturity, motivation and already widely regarded as wonderful role models by their peers.
Volunteer of the Month
Kevin has mowed and tenderly cared for the grounds at Eureka, in most cases without any backup for the whole off-season and most of the previous two seasons. He also does the line marking and continues to play despite being having his best playing-days behind him. Eureka is not a council ground so there is no upkeep or maintenance performed by council which makes Kev’s effort all the more remarkable.
Coach of the Month
Dee has been coaching the U/12’s kids for the past 4 years (since the Under 8’s) and does an amazing job every year. His leadership, care, fairness and passion is exemplary and there’s no doubt that it is because of Dee that the same group of children return every year to be part of the club and football experience.