Chris Layland from Byron Bay FC named Football Far North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year

October 14th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce Chris Layland as Football Far North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year for 2020.

Layland was nominated by Byron Bay FC for his commitment over the duration of his service to the club.

Layland is a highly credentialled coach who believes passionately in the relevance of coach education. This experienced coach has an impressive CV of qualifications and a commitment to providing junior players with technical support to improve their skills.

Layland also has a sound appreciation of the range of components required to make a club environment effective, fun and responsive to change. He applauded volunteers at his own club and also people at other local clubs who he believes are the “silent and unheralded few” who work tirelessly behind the scenes to assist coaches, players and parents at club level.

Layland also highlights his strong belief that building good values, respect for others and being part of a community are responsibilities that are just as important as the football activities.

Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise Layland’s contribution.

“Coaching is one of the most important factors in the football experience had by our players,” Haynes said.

“It is important that coaches like Chris continue the great work they are doing at Byron Bay FC so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”

Newcastle Permanent Ballina Branch Lending Manager David Parker congratulated Layland on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award for Football Far North Coast.

“Coaches are integral in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential,” Parker said.

“Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting community football across northern NSW and recognising those coaches who demonstrate a passion and dedication to developing their teams.”

As the winner of their Zone’s Community Coach of the Year award, Layland is now a nominee for Northern NSW Football’s Annual Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year award to be announced during the week commencing 26 October.

About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High-Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

Integral to the Newcastle Permanent Community Football partnership is recognition of volunteers, coaches, referees and others on the ground who play a vital role in delivering the game across northern NSW.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Year, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of more than 10,000 free footballs to young players each year.

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