Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners Announced for May

May 30th, 2019

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates this month’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Monthly Winners in Hunter Valley Football for May.

The awards recognise the hard work and significant time volunteers, coaches and match officials contribute to Australia’s largest team sport.  

NNSWF Senior Officer Community Football, Ross Hicks said the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide 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.

“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 was 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 Cessnock Branch Manager, Karen Dalziel, congratulates each of the winners and thanks them for their contribution to the game.

“We are delighted that a local volunteer, referee and coach have received this award and been recognised across Northern NSW for the incredible commitment they make to their club and community football”, Dalziel said.

From the pool of monthly winners, Hunter Valley 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 at NNSWF’s Annual Awards Night in October.

Northern NSW Football, Hunter Valley Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for May.

Referee of the Month

HAYDYN JOHNSON

Haydyn is always being thanked by team officials from both teams when he has completed a match and often remark that they wish they could have him referee each week. Haydyn started as an Instructional Referee with the MiniRoos at Maitland Junior Football and showed from the very beginning that he enjoyed what he was doing and could referee well, he always explained to the little ones why and they loved him. Haydyn also learned to be a club lines person and always held up his hand to be the assistant referee when none was appointed. He completed the Instructional Referee and club lines person for a number of years and then progressed to Hunter Valley Referees. Haydyn has a calm and thoughful manner and this reflects in the way he manages his games as a referee. Clubs all smile when we see that he is going to be at our ground to referee.

Volunteer of the Month

CATHY EASDOWN

Cath is remarkable, having given so much of her time and commitment to facilitate and motivate the club and committee to function for the local community. Her financial attention to detail, drive with committee issues and organisational skills are a contributing force to the clubs’ success. Cath has been involved with the Scorpions for 16 years and continues to carry out her roles without prompting, with a high degree of professionalism and has immense respect internally to the club and with external association partners. Cath is the glue that holds the club firmly together and much loved.

Coach of the Month

JOHN UNICOMB

Where to start with John… John has been thrown into coaching over past few years with coaching his son and now his daughters under 6s side. John has made it onto the club’s Facebook page a number of times with his famous stretching, but he is always the first to training, setting up talking to parents and us at the club and brings a smile to not only the kids faces but to adult’s too with his stories of training which usually involves him getting hit with the ball. When John first started coaching he knew nothing about football, but he wanted to help out in the community and be a part of not only his kids lives, but to others as well. The club feel extremely lucky to have John coaching their strongest team and thank him for all his hard work.

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