Wayne Clarke from North Companions FC named Northern Inland Football’s Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year

October 15th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce Wayne Clarke as Northern Inland Football’s Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

Clarke was nominated by North Companions FC for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.

Wayne is the kind of volunteer every club needs, having been involved with North Companions FC for more than 20 years holding various roles during that time.

This year with field restrictions North Companions FC hosted the five to seven-year-olds at the club’s Marius Street fields. This involved setting fields up, preparing the area with appropriate CovidSafe signage, wipes and sanitizers, getting the games started on time, keeping the flow of parents and kids moving before and after games with regular updates then packing up as required.

In addition, the club had a lot of new parents to the game who Clarke helped to find teams for kids and timeslots for gameplay.

For Wayne, seeing the kids getting out on the pitch is very rewarding and the club are lucky to have him involved.

Northern NSW Football Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise Clarke’s contribution.

“Without volunteers such as Wayne our sport simply would not be in the position it currently enjoys,” Haynes said.

“Wayne’s contribution to North Companions FC has been key to its ability to provide positive football experiences for all its members. I am pleased that NNSWF can thank and recognise Wayne on behalf of the sport.”  

Newcastle Permanent Tamworth Branch Manager Julie Callander congratulated Clarke on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year award for Northern Inland Football.

“Volunteers are at the heart of any club’s activities and operations,” Callander said.

“This award recognises the great example of members giving back to their local club and community. Newcastle Permanent is proud to recognise and reward volunteers for their valuable contribution.”

As the winner of their Zone’s Volunteer of the Year award, Clarke is now a nominee for Northern NSW Football’s Annual Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year award to be announced during the week commencing 26 October.

About NNSWF’s Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent:

Newcastle Permanent is the major partner of Community Football across northern NSW and has partnered with NNSWF since 2008, supporting the High-Performance Program and Junior Football Program.

Newcastle Permanent’s investment in football is one of its most important community partnerships and reflects the financial institution’s commitment to supporting the local community.

Integral to the Newcastle Permanent Community Football partnership is recognition of volunteers, coaches, referees and others on the ground who play a vital role in delivering the game across northern NSW.

The Community Partnership with Newcastle Permanent includes recognition programs such as Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Month, Newcastle Permanent Community Club of the Month, training tools for community coaches and volunteers, as well as the distribution of more than 10,000 free footballs to young players each year.

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