Tuncurry Forster Football Club committee member Kay Roach has been named Football Mid North Coast's Newcastle Permanent Volunteer of the Month for August.
According to club president Lance Fletcher, Kay has had a huge impact on the club since coming on board the committee 12 months ago, and it was for this reason she was nominated for the award.
As the canteen manager, Kay has helped renovate the canteen, painting it herself and making it a more functional, OHS-friendly work space.
On top of this, she's incorporated healthier options into the canteen's menu, and it's here where she's really made a difference.
"She's basically built the canteen up to a level three in the Good Sports program," Mr Fletcher said.
"Not many clubs operate at that level."
The Good Sports program is a nation-wide initiative that encourages healthy practices at sporting clubs, and level three is the highest accreditation a club can achieve under the program.
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Thanks to Kay's focus on offering more nutritional food choices at the canteen (and her masterstroke of replacing instant coffee with a barista machine), Mr Fletcher said the profits the canteen has raised over the 2019 season were up significantly on previous years.
"People come to buy from our canteen now rather than bringing McDonalds or their own lunches," he said.
"We can't operate without people like Kay."
In recognition of Kay's volunteer of the month award, Kay will receive a volunteer jacket and bag courtesy of Newcastle Permanent to assist her in fulfilling her valuable role at the club.
Newcastle Permanent Branch Manager Vanessa Byma congratulated Kay on her award.
"Newcastle Permanent's Community Football Awards provide opportunities to recognise volunteers who generously give back to their clubs and communities," she said.
"It is great to see a local representative being recognised for their ongoing commitment."
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