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Community Football Coach, Volunteer and Club of 2016 Announced!

The Northern NSW Football Newcastle Permanent Community Football Award winners

Monday 21 November, 2016.

The Northern NSW Football Newcastle Permanent Community Football Award winners for 2016 have been announced!

This season 1200 registered volunteer club administrators and more than 8,000 volunteers successfully supported the 197 clubs across Northern NSW to run a very successful grassroots season.

As the official Community Partner for Northern NSW Football we developed the monthly Community Football Awards Program to recognise the efforts of volunteers, coaches, and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven member Zones.

At the end of the season, each of the Zone winners are reviewed by a panel of Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent representatives and the yearly winners are selected.

Newcastle Permanent Junior Football
Congratulations to the following winners who were honoured at the annual Northern NSW Football Awards in Newcastle on 14 October 2016:

Wes Clark Tamworth South United FC, Northern Inland Football

Wes started at Tamworth South United FC in 2009 as a dad, who had to do the job of coaching because no one else would and hasn’t stopped coaching or volunteering on the committee since.

Many of the children in his original team have been coached by Wes their entire football life.

Wes has earned great respect and friendship from both the children and their parents through his positive attitude towards good sportsmanship, friendship, and teamwork. He treats everyone equally despite gender or ability; he believes each player has their own special talent and place in the team.

Jill Hepburn - Richmond Rovers FC, Football Far North Coast

Jill has been a loyal club volunteer for over half a century and has been a secretary of Richmond Rovers FC club for more than 50 years.

Jill is like the ‘hard drive’ of the club. She knows every meeting, grant, invoice and bill to be paid. Jill also developed a program of progress-payments to help those needing a hand; to pay club fees so young players can still be involved and enjoy their football.

Jill was appointed life membership in 1992 and continues her roles within the club with great passion and dedication.

Wallamba Football Club, Mid North Coast Football

Over the 2016 season, the small but dynamic club, located on the Mid North Coast nearly doubled in size, increasing from 56 players to 98.

This increase was due to a hardworking committee dedicated to improving facilities for their members. When the club almost folded two years ago, the new committee proactively engaged Northern NSW Football and Football Mid North Coast to assist with all aspects of running a successful club and offering coaching education to local coaches creating a positive experience for all their players and parents.

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