Northern NSW Football congratulates Newcastle Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners for July.
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, 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 in October.
Northern NSW Football, Newcastle Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for July.
Volunteer of the Month
Bec Russell – Shortland United FC
Bec works four days per week and has two small children but is still there to help at every home match weekend in the canteen, on the barbecue and anywhere else she is needed.
Bec also manages an under-8s team and is there until everything is packed up and the gates are closed.
Referee of the Month
Lachlan is a first time referee who has a passion for the game. Lachlan helps out guiding the junior teams and assists the other referees with working well and encouraging as a team network.
Coach of the Month
Bray Russell – Shortland United FC
Bray and his wife put in so much effort to help Shortland United’s under-8s Pandas team. Bray communicates well with parents and is always there to lend a hand.
Bray treats the kids with respect, encourages them and supports them when needed.
Bray is a valued member of the club also taking on the roles of player, committee member, referee and parent. Whenever anything needs to be done at Lower Tuxford Park, Bray is there ready to help all weekend.