Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce Andrew Flannery as Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year for 2021.
Andrew was nominated by Clarence Town FC for his commitment and service to the club and to football.
Andrew was born and bred in Clarence Town. He runs a local business and supports the community in many ways. One way is by sacrificing his own time and money to close his business early on training nights to coach the club’s under-12s team.
The team is made up of under-11s and 12s children including six girls, some having never played before. Andrew encourages them and teaches his skills he acquired through playing representative football in his own youth days.
He talks to each individual child to encourage them before the games and helps those that need extra support. For a thrown together team that no one thought had a chance in under-12s competition Andrew has trained them well and got them to enjoy playing as a team. They are yet to lose a game this season.
But it is not about winning, it is about having fun and all the kids in the team leave with a smile on their face and they all love it.
“Coaching is one of the most crucial factors in the football experience for our players,” NNSWF Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said.
“It is important that coaches like Andrew maintain the great work they are doing at Clarence Town FC so that their players develop a fondness for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible.”
Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens congratulated Andrew on becoming the recipient of the Hunter Valley Football Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year Award.
“Newcastle Permanent is delighted to recognise the efforts and contributions made by local coaches through our community awards recognition program,” Juergens said.
“Coaches like Andrew play a vital role in developing the skills and attitudes of young players and it’s a pleasure to recognise his vital contribution.”