Dunoon caps season with club of the year award
DUNOON United has been named Club of the Year at the Northern NSW Football awards night in Newcastle.
They were selected from 235 clubs across the seven regions in northern New South Wales.
Club vice-president Scott McNeill proudly accepted the award and acknowledged the achievement on behalf of the club and the community of Dunoon.
The club was formed in 1994 with its players historically coming from the immediate Dunoon population of about 1000 people and more broadly from residents in the adjoining hinterland.
Its membership increased from 209 in 2016 to 245 this season with an impressive 41% of players this season being female.
Dunoon United has achieved Level Two National Club accreditation and will soon be the first Northern NSW Football club to embark on its Level Three accreditation.
Club president Rob Gatt said he was humbled that the club was considered worthy of being nominated and delighted to hear that it had won the award.
"We have a group of energetic volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a positive participation experience at Dunoon and this award is a testament to them,” Gatt said.
Club volunteers worked closely with Football Far North Coast in 2017 over a period of six days and nights and two weekends to host what many people described as arguably the most successful grand final series ever in the zone.
The criteria for being nominated as Club of the Year was based on factors other than results on the field as a community engagement initiative supported by Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
Dunoon United has embraced important strategies including the promotion of female participation, coach education, girls-only Miniroos and defibrillator and first aid training for all coaches.