Northern NSW Football congratulates Newcastle Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for October.
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 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 October.
Volunteer of the Month
Tony Miller – Wallsend Junior FC
Tony Miller is a committee member and coach at the club as well as a volunteer. He is Wallsend Junior FC’s small-sided football coordinator, under-8s girls coach and All Age coach and is at the club’s ground every Saturday to help set up and pack up.
He is also known to return to the ground in the afternoon to ensure the day has run smoothly and is a wealth of information for the committee to draw upon. Miller never hesitates to help out in other areas and is described as being vital to the running of the club and its matchday activities.
Referee of the Month
Paul Graham officiate matches for Newcastle Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
As well as his dedication as a senior referee, Graham has taken on the responsibility of branch trainer, conducting training sessions for Newcastle Football referees every Monday night.
Coach of the Month
Geoff Mellon – Kotara South FC
Geoff Mellon, the club’s under-12s coach, has been affiliated with Kotara South FC for many years. He is always there to help and doesn’t just coach his team but guides and supports his players.
He acts as a taxi driver if kids cannot get to training or a game and is always there to motivate and support his players and their families.