Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners Announced for May

June 8th, 2018

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in Northern Inland 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 Community Football Manager, Peter Haynes 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 CEO Terry Millet congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.

“We are delighted that a local volunteer, referee and coach has received this award and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to their clubs and community football,” Millet said.

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


Referee of the Month

James Tait

James only started refereeing late in the 2017 season but has already made a significant impact. He officiates games in his home town of Glen Innes but has also voluteers at games in Uralla and other areas which are over an hours travel time from his home. James is an extremely talented young referee who is liked by all the players and referees. His knowledge of the sport is outstanding and he uses this knowledge to further his skills as a referee.


Volunteer of the Month

Steve Sharp

Steve has incredibly passion and showcases it to truly make a difference and contribute to what his clubs aims to achieve every day of the week – make the game more enjoyable for everyone to play and be part of. Steve took on the role of Club Coaching Co-ordinator in 2017 and continues in that role in 2018, arranging and promoted coaching clinics for parents which ensures the juniors have people qualified to coach them now and in the future. Coupled with this, Steve put his hand up to co-ordinate the newly formed junior girls competition, both on game day, and by holding weekly training sessions specifically targeted at the development and enjoyment of the club’s junior girls. Steve’s passion for the game doesn’t stop with the juniors as he is in his second year of head coach of the club’s men’s squads after he joined the club’s first grade playing ranks in 2016. With a wife, four children and a fulltime job, it’s remarkable how Steve covers all the roles he has within the club, let alone how he does it to such a high level. Quirindi FC is truly grateful to Steve for the contribution he and his family make.




Coach of the Month

Suzanne Hindmarsh

Suzanne is one of those people that loves to be involved and help out wherever possible throughout the club. In 2017, Suzanne took over the reins when a fellow coach couldn’t complete the season and took that team to the finals while this year Suzanne has taken on the under 12’s for the season as well as managing an under 14’s side. Suzanne’s club, where she also plays in the women’s competition, admit they are very lucky to have her at the club.

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