Northern NSW Football congratulates Football Far North Coast’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for June.
The awards recognise the hard work and significant time volunteers, coaches and match officials contribute to Australia’s largest team sport.
NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said the Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Awards provided 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,” Haynes said.
“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 were 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 CEO Bernadette Inglis congratulated each of the winners and thanked them for their contribution to the game.
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 in October.
Northern NSW Football, Football Far North Coast and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for June.
Volunteer of the Month
Belinda Nott – Goonellabah FC
Belinda has been involved at Goonellabah Hornets for eight years. Like many volunteers, Belinda first got involved when her children started playing.
Initially a supportive parent on the sideline, Belinda has stepped forward and taken on the role of coach and for the last two years has also been junior club vice presid
ent in addition to being Goonellabah FC’s senior and junior registrar.
Belinda also drove the club’s MiniRoos gala day in May which proved to be an outstanding success.
Like many volunteers and despite having a raft of demands in her employment and being a mum supporting her family, Belinda is energic, calm and has brought many positive attributes to Goonellabah FC.
Referee of the Month
Lily officiate matches for Football Far North Coast and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
The 14-year-old became a referee this season and has been officiating as an assistant referee on senior matches and centre referee on junior fixtures.
Lily is also a player for Dunoon United FC in the girls’ grade 16 competition with the club providing incentives to its players to become referees, as the club see the value in having players that are knowledgeable in the laws of the game and available to officiate on matches at home and at other venues.
Lily has a vibrant personality and although early in her career as a match official has already shown she has the potential to become a leading female referee in the zone.
Coach of the Month
Violet Innes – Byron Bay FC
Violet was nominated by Byron Bay FC for her commitment over the duration of their service to the club.
Violet is the coach of the club’s girls under-12s team, a group she has coached for the last five years.
The girls started together in the inaugural girls MiniRoos pool as under-8s and have stuck together since. The girls adore Violet and speak of her as a supportive, caring and fun person.
Violet has fostered a positive and energetic environment for the girls that is reflected in their increased confidence. Violet is a terrific player in the Byron Bay FC women’s premier league team and she encourages the junior girls to watch the senior teams play.
Violet is a great mentor and role model for the young girls at Byron Bay FC in the under-12s team but also more broadly for other girls at the club.