Raj Gandhi named Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Year

October 13th, 2020

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce Raj Gandhi as Hunter Valley Football’s Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year for 2020.

Gandhi 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.

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

“Raj’s contribution to the game through his role as a Match Official has been wonderful,” Haynes said.

“Referees are vital to the enjoyment of the game by players, coaches and spectators alike and Raj has shown that he takes this responsibility very seriously. I congratulate Raj on his award on behalf of NNSWF and all players, coaches and spectators across the state.”  

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

“Through Newcastle Permanent’s Community Football Awards we recognise the important role referees play in creating fair play and respect on the field,” Juergens said.

“Our thanks to all the referees across northern NSW for their contributions to the game and congratulations to this year’s winner.”

As the winner of their Zone’s Referee of the Year award, Gandhi is now a nominee for Northern NSW Football’s Annual Newcastle Permanent Referee 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 Year, 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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