Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates Northern Inland 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, 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 September.
Volunteer of the Month
Lisa Biddle – Tamworth FC
Lisa Biddle joined the Tamworth FC committee last year and has been actively involved with the club since.
Biddle has made herself available to help the club in any way she can from cooking the barbecue to setting up the marquee.
This season, Biddle also took on the role of gear steward and liaises with suppliers to ensure all gear and clothing orders are met for club members.
Coach of the Month
Maya Olrich – North Companions FC
Maya Olrich was nominated by North Companions FC for her commitment to the club where she coaches the under-14s white team.
The team were without a coach at the start of the season and were desperately in need of someone with some playing experience.
The club registrar asked Olrich if she would be interested and she willingly took on the role, despite not knowing any of the young people or families associated with the team.
Olrich was simply willing to give her time to support other young people to engage in and enjoy playing football.
The year 12 student juggles her coaching responsibilities with her HSC studies, two part-time jobs and her own sporting commitments where she plays with the club’s women’s team.
Maya is a young person who is making a positive contribution to her community.
Referee of the Month
Mim is a quality young referee who is willing to learn and handles herself in a professional manner.
She has a professional attitude towards each game she officiates whether it be an under-12s, women’s or NEWFM Northern League One fixture.
Mim has a strong relationship with fellow referees and players, demonstrated whenever she officiates matches.