Northern NSW Football congratulates Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Recognition Award winners for October.
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
Jim Doyle – Gresford Vacy FC
Jim Doyle has been a driving force as the club adapted its operations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has worked with Northern NSW Football, Hunter Valley Football, Dungog Council and various sports grounds committees in planning to enable the season to proceed safely.
Doyle has ensured that fees are low and accessible for juniors and those starting out and assisted those in economic hardship so they were able to play football.
Doyle is big on motivating new members to either be involved in sport or working in committee or coaching roles. He sees volunteering as a key social role and promotes this at every opportunity.
Doyle has also been strong in advocating for grants and new facilities for the club and community, assisting with education of coaches and supportive of club culture framework initiatives to help make the people and clubs he is involved with better and stronger.
He is supportive of the people in his teams and is always trying to rope the next person he meets into a role with the club – a big man with a big heart.
Referee of the Month
Zoe Archer and Raj Gandhi
Coach of the Month
Tye Olsen – Metford Cobras FC
Tye Olsen coaches the club’s under-13s team and has a fantastic rapport with the children, whose parents are delighted with his approach to his coaching style and behaviour on the sideline.
His comments are always positive and encouraging, with Olsen described as an extremely passionate coach who is admired by not only his team but their parents and other members of the club.
Olsen’s knowledge of the game and kind, caring nature makes him a great coach and wonderful asset to the club.