Macquarie Football Announces its 2017 Newcastle Permanent Community Award Winners

November 23rd, 2017
PICTURED:  Macquarie Football’s Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year, Stuart Hansen

Macquarie Football would like to congratulate this year’s Newcastle Permanent Community Award Yearly Winners in their Zone.

Official Community Football Partner, Newcastle Permanent Building Society once again provided the monthly award program to recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, coaches, match officials and clubs in each of Northern NSW Football’s seven-member Zones.

Macquarie Football General Manager, Warren Read, said this was another tough year in selecting the annual winners for their Zone but congratulates those who received their deserved award.

“The Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise a range of individuals across the football community and within our specific member clubs who make our game as great as it is today,” Read 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.”

Newcastle Permanent Chief Executive Officer Terry Millett echoed Read’s sentiments and said Newcastle Permanent is proud to honour those who give up their time to assist in the community.

“Without the dedication of volunteers, coaches and match officials such as these generous people – grassroots sports including football, would not survive. These committed people make it possible for kids to lead active, healthy lives,” Mr Millett said.

Macquarie Football, Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent congratulate all the recipients.


Newcastle Permanent Club of the Year

Morisset Football Club

We give the award each year based on how the Club interacts with the football community. This year Morisset showed excellence in registering their players and officials (using MyFootball Club and SportingPulse), being on top of any incidents (even before Macquarie Football found out about them and spoke to the Club), having well run match days, there general willingness to get along with other clubs and also the positive feedback from parents and players on how they were treated. Also, from the Macquarie Football’s point of view, the club’s willingness to take advice on board without being argumentative at all was appreciated and didn’t go unrecognised. Congratulations Morisset!


Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year

Stuart Hansen

Stuart was the Assistant referee of the year in 2015 and the Referee of the year in 2016. Stuart referees both community and Premier competition football each weekend. He is also involved with the administration of Macquarie Referees and its work with community clubs in the Macquarie football zone. Stuart is a hard worker, who is committed to the game and has great prospect to advance to higher levels of football! Congratulations Stuart!


Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Year

Alissia Jackson

Cardiff Junior Football Club

Alissia Jackson first joined the committee at Cardiff Football Club as a 16-year-old in 1998 to help with the grounds committee. Since that time she has held most positions on the Cardiff Committee but mostly (and currently) as Club Secretary. Alissia is a dedicated worker who is there every weekend to help make things run smoothly. A tireless worker who only wants the best for the club member, no matter what the age. Congratulations Alissia!


Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year

Tim Melville

Westlakes Wildcats

Our Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of The Year comes from Westlakes FC and is never short on praise and encouragement when it comes to his team of kids. Tim treats each child equally with respect and attention, showing and encouraging them the best way to reach their potential. He instils in the team the understanding that winning with integrity is more important than just winning and that losing with integrity is equally important, with each game a learning opportunity for players to better themselves. His enthusiasm is evident when he is training the kids and coaching from the sidelines, looking for better ways to help the team improve and the respect the kids have for him is also evident. Last season, one of his players was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, that made playing football more difficult but Tim still encouraged him to do his best on the field & is always making sure that he is ok and not in any discomfort. At the start of the season, he asks each player what their goals for the season are and he goes out of his way to help each child achieve their goal. One of his young player’s goals was to become fitter, always try his hardest and not give up, so at his Zone swimming carnival, when he lost his goggles mid-race, he kept on going until the finish. When asked why he didn’t stop, he replied, ‘because Coach Tim told us to never give up!’. This is just one of the qualities that make our winner not only a fantastic coach but a fantastic role model for kids. Tim collected the overall vote of Northern NSW Football’s and won the Newcastle Permanent Coach of the Year at Northern NSW Football’s Awards Night.

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