Col Chant from Bellbird Junior FC named Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year

October 15th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce Col Chant as Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

Chant was nominated by Bellbird Junior FC for his ongoing commitment and dedication to football.

Chant has been the volunteer groundsman at Carmichael Park for many years and involved in the club for a long time. Col knows not only players from MiniRoos through to All Age by name but also how they play and their strengths and weaknesses.

He has been taking care of the field for so long that he has watched most of our All Age players grow with the club from under-6s.

Col not only maintains the grounds but also attends every home game and gala day as a grounds person and provides valuable support to the club with time keeping and the teams with moral support.

He is also available every training day where lights are required and during the football off-season maintains the grounds for cricket to be played, keeping the grounds in good shape with lines marked out and goals in place ready for the season to start.

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

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

“Col’s contribution to Bellbird Junior 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 Col on behalf of the sport.”  

Newcastle Permanent Chief Customer Experience and Delivery Officer Paul Juergens congratulated Chant on becoming the recipient of the Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year award for Hunter Valley Football.

“Volunteers are at the heart of any club’s activities and operations,” Juergens 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, Chant 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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