Northern NSW Football congratulates Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award winners for May.
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 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, 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 in October.
Northern NSW Football, Hunter Valley Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients for October.
Volunteer of the Month
Norman Moyle – Abermain Rams FC
Norman had been a tireless volunteer at Abermain Rams for the last 50 years before he was forced to retire due to health concerns this year.
Norm would be seen every afternoon helping all age groups train and giving coaching advice as well as setting up fields every Friday and Saturday.
He will be greatly missed by everyone at Abermain Rams but Norm will still be seen down at the club on Saturday mornings watching his great grandchildren play.
Referee of the Month
Sebastian officiates matches for Hunter Valley Football and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Coach of the Month
Peter Fletcher – Rutherford FC
Peter has been described as what football is all about – fun, committed, caring and all about promoting team spirit, community, equity and connection.
He spends his weeks working hard to support his family and outside work, plans fun and inclusive activities that keep his Dragons under-6s’ attention to learn all about the game at training. Every week is unique and the kids ask for more training days each week to spend more time with him.
Peter has a can do attitude and sends a message that although winning is great, having fun and being a team player is the most important part.
Pete is visibly connected to and invested in the kids he trains and is leading the way in building relationships between the parents and building team spirit.
He instils great values and morals in his players and promotes strong sportsmanship. Pete is always patient, which is definitely needed with a bunch of five and six-year-old boys.
Peter is loved as a coach with parents hoping they can follow his through the club each season and wanting him to know how much they value his time every week while giving their children the best experience to nurture their interest in football.