Kyogle Soccer Club community coach Derryn Nix has been named as the 2019 Community Male Champion of the Year as part of rebel Female Football Week.
Derryn has been involved with football since 1988 as a player, but recently has taken up coaching girls’ football and his efforts and work has been congratulated and admired by many at his club and beyond.
Coaching a number of teams and also helping several ALDI MiniRoos teams, his proactivity in promoting women’s football has already earned him achievements winning the 2018 Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Month award and also the proceeding Northern NSW Football’s Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year highlighting how inspiring he is with the young girls in endorsing positivity, encouragement and respect.
Although Derryn admits he’s only recently become involved with girls’ football, he’s quickly realised the potential there is within that area of the game.
“I got involved with coaching girls’ football when the eldest of my two girls started playing five seasons ago,” Derryn said.
“I saw a lot of the girls playing MiniRoos lacking confidence because they weren’t as physical and eventually not returning and saw girls MiniRoos as a great opportunity to help and change this.
“The women’s game has so much momentum and growth at the moment. It’s important that everyone is championing the game to make sure it continues.”
Football Far North Coast General Manager Steve Mackney congratulated Derryn on his achievement and praised him for his dedication to football development, particularly in women’s football.
“Derryn reflects an increasingly motivated engagement within the zone to promote opportunities for females in the game,” Mackney said.
“The recognition for Derryn Nix is a testament to his dedication to supporting female football and his club Kyogle FC and the broader Football Far North Coast community collectively offer its hearty congratulations.”
“Derryn reflects an increasingly motivated engagement within the zone to promote opportunities for females in the game.”
Since Derryn began taking on the role of coach at the club, Kyogle SC has seen a huge addition of young footballers, particularly that of young female MiniRoos and enthused the idea that clubs and interested personnel should do as much as they can for the women’s game.
“When Football Far North Coast introduced girls only MiniRoos leagues and carnivals with the help some really wonderful people in the club, I tried to make sure Kyogle had as many teams as possible involved. Mostly by just hassling every person in town with a daughter to bring them to football.
“I’d say to others to get involved.
“Having all girls MiniRoos sides at Kyogle has massively increased our numbers. And it’s allowing the girls more opportunity to improve their confidence and skills.”
rebel Female Football Week runs until June 30 and contains various exciting events right across the region. To see the calendar of events, see here.