Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates Newcastle Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners for September.
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 September.
Volunteer of the Month
Damien Whittaker – Kotara South FC
Damien Whittaker has been described as a true leader. Damien is calm, aware and has outstanding communication skills across all levels of the club.
This is Whittaker’s first year as Kotara South FC president after being secretary last year. His management of the club throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been exemplary. Whittaker has kept his stakeholders informed in a calm, rational way, leading the club to a strong position to enable their young players to play in 2020.
Whittaker has held Zoom meetings and information sessions and produced video updates to advise the latest information and remind stakeholders of their obligations.
Coach of the Month
Joshua Lloyd-Jones – Mayfield United JSFC
Joshua Lloyd-Jones coaches Mayfield United’s under-12s Tigers team, offering plenty of hard work and dedication to the role.
He has been described as professional, passionate, skilled, motivating, fun and fair – all wonderful attributes for any community coach – with the players particularly fond of his style and demeanour.
Referee of the Month
Braden Sedgman is a young referee who handled himself with aplomb while running the line at an over-35s Friday night match.
He always kept up with play, controlled the line with confidence and showed maturity above his age.
His maturity and outstanding performances have seen Braden recognised with the award.