No fuss, just dedication to the job

Anyone who has been involved with a committee of a soccer club in the Football Far North Coast zone since 1989 will know Julie Clifford (pictured).

The daughter of dairy farmers from Springrove and one of five girls, Julie never envisaged that her association with soccer would become a lifelong passion. Currently employed as the office manager, Julies contribution to soccer on the Far North Coast cannot be over-stated. After responding to an appeal for help from Doug Edwards, who was President of both Lismore Richmond Rovers and Lismore District Soccer in 1988, Julie commenced work for about 10 hours per week on a voluntary basis and progressively worked more hours until a paid position was offered.

The growth of the sport in the region to a current 7000 players has meant that Julies job has increased significantly over the years. Her commitment and dedication to local soccer was formally recognised in 2003 when she was awarded Life Membership of Football Far North Coast. The countless hours that Julie puts in every week, particularly between February and September when the soccer season is in full flight is a testament to a person who possesses extraordinary drive and a unique capacity to give of herself to others.

In my short time at FFNC, I have witnessed Julie still working at the office late at night or Saturdays and Sundays on numerous occasions. She does this without expectation and with no fuss. Julies modest comment when I asked her why she continues to do what she does, was, I just like things to be right. It is truly a privilege to be working alongside Julie Clifford and every player on the Far North Coast should take a moment to stop and thank her for what she does so effectively for so many.

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