Football NSW’s long serving Competitions Coordinator was rewarded for her amazing 31-year service to the game on Thursday at the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards hosted at NSW Parliament House taking out the Distinguished Long Service Award.
Abboud is no stranger to the game in NSW as she has held numerous positions at Football NSW’s competitions departments dealing with clubs and players alike throughout the past thirty-one years.
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge paid tribute to Abboud’s services to the game.
“Debbie Abboud really epitomizes what it means to be a loyal servant of the game.
“Thirty-one solid years administering our game is by far one of the biggest achievements we have seen at the organisation and this award was duly deserved to such a long-standing commitment to football by such a admirable administrator.
“I know many of our stakeholders have had numerous interactions with Debbie over the years and agree that she is fully deserving of this honour.”
There were two other notable football mentions on the night as promising young referee Chloe Gray was nominated for Young Official of the Year while Gladesville Hornsby FA’s Helen Armson was nominated in the category for Volunteer Director of the Year – both just missing out on the major awards in their respective categories.