Northern NSW Football congratulates Northern Inland Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for June.
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, 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 in October.
Northern NSW Football, Northern Inland Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for June.
Volunteer of the Month
Danny Laws – Narrabri FC
As well as being club president, Danny volunteers his time to complete the season draws and manage changes during the year. He coaches junior and senior teams at Narrabri and, when he isn’t playing or coaching, can be found serving in the club’s canteen or on the pitch refereeing.
Danny has been described as a “huge asset” to Narrabri football and that the football community would be lost without him.
Referee of the Month
Carl has recently taken on a referee mentor position in Tamworth helping out first year and youth match officials. Carl hung up his whistle a few seasons ago after many years of service to refereeing in the Northern Inland.
Carl can be found each Saturday morning at youth football fixtures casting his eye over youth match officials and providing assistance and positive feedback to improve the quality of match officials in Tamworth.
The youth match officials respond positively to Carl and know that his experience in the middle is knowledge that they can use to improve their own game. Carl is a great asset to referees in the region.
Coach of the Month
Ben Todd – North Companions FC
Ben is a player and coach for North Companions FC. He coaches under-7s, under-13s and under-16s teams for the club.
Ben shows great enthusiasm for the game and the players. He often gives individual tuition in the breaks. He never misses a game and is always there with a smile and encouragement for all the players.
Ben is a great example of how an enthusiastic and engaged coach can help create a fun and positive environment that develops skills while encouraging kids to continue to play football.