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Nominations open for the 2021 NSW Community Sports Awards

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Sport NSW has announced that nominations are now open for 2021’s NSW Community Sports Awards.

The 2021 NSW Community Sports Awards are devoted to recognising the outstanding achievements and contributions to community and grassroots sport by people across NSW. Community and grassroots sport is essential to the thriving of local communities, with much of the work carried out by volunteers.

With more than 500,000 people state-wide dedicating their time to volunteering year in, year out across all sports, the NSW Community Sports Awards exist as a way to acknowledge and pay tribute to the extensive efforts of these volunteers. Without these people, sport would not exist in the current form it does.

In addition, the NSW Community Sports Awards ensure that State Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations for people with a Disability are recognised for the continual effort and for the accomplishments of their volunteers.

The nominations are open to the public to put forward the names of those who contribute immensely to the behind-the-scenes and day-to-day running of sporting clubs, organisations and events.

The 2021 edition of the NSW Community Sports Awards will see nominations invited for a total of 10 categories, including the Distinguished Long Service Awards for those that have provided an unending and extraordinary dedication to their respective sport for over 25 years. This year’s awards categories include;

  1. Community Official of the Year
  2. Young Official of the Year
  3. Community Coach of the Year
  4. Young Coach of the Year
  5. Community Sport Administrator of the Year
  6. Volunteer Director of the Year
  7. Community Team of the Year
  8. Community Club of the Year
  9. Local Council of the Year
  10. Community Event of the Year
  11. Distinguished Long Service Awards

Nominations are only considered for achievements and contributions from May 1st 2020 to April 30th 2021.

Pending the COVID-19 restrictions on events at the time, winners will be announced at a special event on June 17th at NSW Parliament House.

The nominations will be closing on Sunday the 2nd of May, 2021 at midnight. Nominations forms can be completed by clicking here.

Female coaching development program launched in NSW

Canterbury's Centenary Park hosted CDSFA's first Youth Female Coach Development session for the year, working in tandem with Football NSW.

Canterbury’s Centenary Park hosted Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association’s first Youth Female Coach Development session for the year, working in tandem with Football NSW.

The opening session introduced all participants to the program and was followed by a MiniRoos Coaching Course.

The girls were taught and educated by special guest Sam McGowan. She is the current Game Development Officer for Schools, Women’s and Girls across the state and has a very rich coaching history. She also possesses a FFA B License for coaching.

The participants in the induction session were also lucky enough to have coaching members from Sydney FC around for the day to mentor the aspiring coaches.

Canterbury District Soccer Football Association Manager, Trudy Burke:

“It was a great way to kick off 2022 by hosting our first Youth Female Coach Development Program on Tuesday,” she said.

“This program is designed to inspire our next generation of coaches within the association.

“The program aims to not only create qualified, confident, and agile coaches, but create young female leaders and role models for our football community.

“Throughout the program, coaches will complete their MiniRoos, Skills Training and First Aid Certificates.

“They will also attend a communication and leadership workshop at the Future Matildas training base led by Future Matildas Head Coach Leah Blayney. Coaches will also be provided hands on coaching experience with the association and their local club as well as coaching opportunities with both Football NSW and Sydney FC.

“We currently have 24 coaches for our pilot program that will run up until October with the age range between 13-21 years.

“We will also see coaches feature from 10 different clubs within our Association so rest assured this will only further grow and develop the women’s game in the CDSFA area.”

This initiative by Football NSW is a fantastic way to explore and expand the coaching avenues of women’s football across the state, in amongst a rapidly growing participation rate.

Football West to welcome Jamie Harnwell as new CEO

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Harnwell will succeed outgoing CEO James Curtis, who is stepping down after spending almost six years in the role.

Harnwell has been involved with Football West for over 12 years, with his most recent position being Chief Football Officer. Prior to that, he had worked as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Head of Development.

Before joining Football West, Harnwell was the captain of A-Leagues club Perth Glory, as well as the record-appearance holder He made 256 appearances for the Glory men’s squad, where in the process he was involved in back-to-back national championships.

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes:

“Football West is delighted to announce Jamie Harnwell as our new CEO,” he said.

“Jamie is a real football person, from his days as a star player at Perth Glory to becoming a top coach in both the A-League Women’s and NPLWA – Men’s competitions. He has transferred the drive and dedication needed to succeed on the pitch to his roles at Football West.

“In addition, Jamie also possesses the necessary skills and vision to drive Football West forward as we continue to grow the sport in WA and we move towards the opening of the State Football Centre and the 2023 Women’s World Cup and beyond.

“Jamie has worked closely with James Curtis for a number of years, and in terms of senior management, it is great that he has been able to ‘learn on the job’ and is well placed to lead the team at Football West over what will be an exciting period for our sport in WA.

“Following an extensive nationwide search and the assessment of several excellent candidates, Jamie proved to be the stand-out. We look forward to him leading Football West in the years ahead and continuing the terrific progress achieved under James Curtis.”

Incoming Football West Chief Executive Officer Jamie Harnwell:

“It is exciting to become CEO of Football West and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“We are the biggest team sport in the country in terms of participation and we are in a fantastic position. But there is still plenty of potential for further growth, especially here in WA.

“It has been terrific to work with James Curtis and gain invaluable experience, now I am ready to put my own stamp on the position.”

Harnwell will work together with Curtis until the latter departs from Football West on March 31, 2022.

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