In July multiple nominations were received for Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Month and Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month awards with winners representing a core VAFA Value – Integrity.
Integrity; Govern the VAFA in accordance with member approved Rules and Regulations that progress and grow the VAFA while preserving its traditional elements.
Congratulations to Michael Tarrant from Old Carey Grammarians for being named Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Month.
Michael the current President, also the Equipment Manager, and Women’s Liaison Officer was nominated by club Secretary Sam Hassett who shared with us that “Two years back the Old Carey committee had significantly dwindled and required a circuit breaker. Michael a former head coach was solicited to take over and has singled handedly led a resurgence of our off-field – which we ultimately see leading our on-field out of the mire”.
“Michael’s strength as a coach was his personable nature and empathy. Whilst he rolls up his sleeves, he also draws people in. Few individuals read people’s cues like Michael does, which means he provides thanks when needed and draws assistance where it’s welcomed. His manner is ever respectful, and his time is available no matter your backstory, class or seniority.
While the committee has grown by 150% in his 2 years – it’s actually that outer ring he’s established (non-office-bearers) that will ensure a sustainable operating model moving forward. No challenge seems beyond Michael and while he’s at the helm Old Carey is in the safest hands”.
Congratulations to Olivia Crowe from Glen Eira FC for being named Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month.
Olivia was nominated by David Walter, Glen Eira FC Vice President/Secretary.
David shared that “After an incredibility challenging 2022 season, Olivia has managed to grow our Senior Women’s playing list in 2023. This has been achieved by providing a welcoming environment that encourages development and is driving the team towards success. Utilising our partnership with McKinnon Secondary College, Olivia has managed to attract some talented current and ex-students to play for Glen Eira this year.
Under Olivia’s guidance, the team has had a successful on field performance in 2023. They have also filled all the off-field volunteer roles required each week via a roster system implemented this year that has gained the buy-in from the playing group. This unique ability to provide a framework of accountability, teamwork and inclusion is one of Olivia’s strengths. All the players under her tutelage have shown improvement on the field and elevated confidence off the field that goes hand in hand with personal development. The mutual respect between the coach and players of the Glen Eira Gryphons Senior Women’s team has not happened by accident. Olivia’s hard work and dedication to mould this side for the 2023 season started in October 2022 and is now starting to pay dividends”.
Nominations for August Volunteer of the Month and Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month awards are now open, with a focus on VAFA value – Community.
Community; Represent, connect, and support everyone within the VAFA community.
Apply below before Thursday, 31 August 2023 at 5:00pm
August Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Month and Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month winners will be announced in the first week of September. All 2023 Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Month and Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month recipients will be invited to attend the VAFA Awards Night as they go into the pool from which the Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Year and Carruthers Executive Coach of the Year awards will be chosen, announced, and presented.
|Month||Australian Venue Co. Volunteer of the Month||Carruthers Executive Coach of the Month|
|April/May 2023||Sienna Whiteman (Old Ivanhoe)||Thomas Chitsos (Coburg FC)|
|June 2023||Warren Fall (MHSOB)||Thomas Ingham (Old Xaverians)|
|July 2023||Michael Tarrant (Old Carey)||Olivia Crowe (Glen Eira FC)|