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 Senior Officer Community Football, Ross Hicks 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 Lismore Branch Manager, Sarah Lane, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.
“Volunteers, referees and coaches are the lifeblood of clubs and without their hard work games would not happen every weekend. Our thanks goes to the thousands of volunteers across Northern NSW who give their time so generously and ensure players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field”, Lane 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
Len Keith has been involved as a match official for many decades and his contribution was recognised with Life Membership of Far North Coast Referees. As a senior referee, Len is a passionate advocate for promoting opportunities for young match officials. Len is a progressive thinker and he was a vocal supporter several years ago urging the evolution of the match officials framework from the referee association to one that is managed by FFNC. He is a deserving recipient of the Perm’s Community referee of the month for May.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Michael has been involved with Goonellabah FC for more than 40 years. He commenced as a young player and his involvement has continued in roles including player, coach and committee member and Michael is in his third year as Club president. Although a man of few words, Michael is a good communicator and is always readily available to ensure to support activities at Goonellabah FC. The Hornets celebrate their 50th year in 2019 and Michael Primiano has a vision to see the club progress even more successfully in the next fifty years.
COACH OF THE MONTH
Neil Fuller arrived in Bangalow from London in 2000 and with two young boys and a love of football, he has coached with the Bluedogs since 2001. Neil now coaches the Bangalow Men’s Premier Division side but he is also the club junior coachco ordinator. Generous with his time , the easy going Fuller is also engaged in a casual role with NNSWF as a talent scout. He delights in seeing young players develop their skills and progressing in the game. His advice above anything else is for players to be enthusiastic and to enjoy the game.