Club, coach, ref aid soccer's growth

COREY BOAG: Far North Coast soccer referee of the year in the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards.
COREY BOAG: Far North Coast soccer referee of the year in the Newcastle Permanent Community Awards. Contributed

A FAR North Coast soccer club, coach and referee have received community awards from northern New South Wales sponsor Newcastle Permanent.

Casino referee Corey Boag continued to impress as a match official this season, with great dedication shown to his role.

He is one of the top assistant referees in men's premier division and is a talented young referee on junior fixtures.

Corey is keen to continue working his way through the refereeing ranks and Football FNC is sure his attitude and ability will see him achieve his goals.

In other awards, Gary Whisker picked up the Volunteer of the Year award for his work with the Nimbin Headers.

Whisker has been treasurer of the Nimbin Headers for 10 years. In addition to playing, he also coaches a junior team on top of the administrative demands as club treasurer

He actively participates in helping make most important decisions for the club and is also a valued contact to liaise with Football FNC.

Meanwhile, Dunoon United soccer club had another big season and were named Club of the Year.

The club worked with Lismore City Council this year to build an exercise and playground area adjacent to the club.

The club hosted some grand finals and boasted a significant increase in female participation.

Dunoon also reached Level 2 accreditation and is proposing to initiate Level 3 accreditation next season.

Football FNC general manager Steve Mackney said this was another tough year in selecting the annual winners but congratulated those who received an award.

"The Newcastle Permanent Community Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise a range of people who represent so many individuals across our member clubs and within the football community,” Mackney said.

"These awards reflect the appreciation extended to everyone who plays a role in progressing our game.”