Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in Football Far North Coast for August.
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 Ballina Branch Manager, David Parker, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.
“Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers, referees and coaches who generously give back to their clubs and communities. It is great to see a local representative being recognised for their ongoing commitment.”, 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 August.
Referee of the Month
John Baker is a valued senior match official who continues to make a contribution within the zone despite having relocated out of the region as part of his position as a school principal. John has excellent communication skills and brings a positive attitude to the role of officiating. Despite his extensive professional CV, John continues to embrace ideas that support him becoming a better match official. John is also an accredited assessor and instructor and a mentor to other match officials.
Volunteer of the Month
Jasmine has a playing history extending over 23 years, a referee for 4 years and has coached junior teams on and off since she was 17. The specific involvement with Pottsville Beach FC is extensive since first getting involved in 2014. She continued to play until recent years and has been a coach and manager of the men’s senior football teams. Jasmine completed her senior coaching certificate, coached and managed MiniRoos team and was the Senior Vice President of Pottsville Beach FC for 3 years. Jasmine is enthusiastic and responsive to the needs of community football and is highly regarded by FFNC for her efforts.
Coach of the Month
Ken McPherson has one of the most astute football minds in the region and has the unique history of being a twice men’s premier coach of the year and a former player of the year. Ken has coached with several clubs and despite his typically quiet manner, has an ability to understand and communicate in a way to get what players perform at their best. When Italo Stars FC encountered serious issues in 2017 including the club facilities being damaged by a major flood in Lismore, Ken stepped forward to help resurrect the senior player base and give support as a senior and respected football figure.