Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners Announced for May

May 30th, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in Newcastle Football 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 Salamander Bay Branch Manager, Vicki York, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.

“Volunteers, referees and coaches are the lifeblood of football and without their hard work games would not happen every weekend. Our thanks goes to the thousands across Northern NSW who give their time so generously and ensure players and spectators have a great experience on and off the field,” York said.

From the pool of monthly winners, Newcastle Football 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, Newcastle Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for May.

Referee of the Month

NATE DICKINSON

Nate has been an instructing referee for two seasons. He is confident in his ability and has a real fairness when reffing games. He is keen to teach kids whilst reffing games and brings a positive experience to these players.

Volunteer of the Month

STEPHANIE PALMER

Stephanie has been an instrumental part of our club for many years, holding a variety of roles within the club from player, purchasing officer, secretary, president and now vice-president, and she has continually offered guidance and constructive advice in all these roles. So far this year, she has been heavily involved with player registrations, player recruitment, player retention and club administration.  Stephanie was an instrumental part of our grading process and is always one of the first to greet and chat to new members (and returning members) and ensure that they are feeling confident and happy and help guide them through the process of grading/signing up. This is a particular important quality to have when engaging with new adult players who are often wary of trying a new sport. From a club administration perspective, Steph’s knowledge about club football is a great asset. She is continually bringing new and better ways to deal with club registration and has been instrumental in helping other executive committee members understand the new playfootball system. She is always willing to sit with other committee members and listen to and help solve problems they may be having with their administrative roles.

Coach of the Month

CHRIS BERLIN

Having played in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) for over a decade, Chris is now using his skills and knowledge of the game to pass onto future players. He gives up his time to coach his team and train them each week and is so passionate about football and instilling team-work, good sportsmanship and dedication to the children he coaches.

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