Football Finalists nominated for 2024 NSW Community Sports Awards

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Football will be well represented at this year’s Sports Foyer NSW Community Sports Awards set to be held on Wednesday 19th June at CommBank Stadium.

2023 George Churchward recipient and former Football Canterbury Chairman Armando Gardiman AM has been nominated in the Distinguished Long Service Award.

Armando was a player, team official and administrator for over 40 years and has championed many projects in promoting and developing the sport of football.

Proud Football Canterbury club Enfield Rovers Under 16/1 Boys were nominated for the Community Team of the Year after incredibly taking out Football NSW’s State Cup and Champion of Champions titles.

“Our U16s Enfield Rovers team had great success in 2023 because when everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,” said Enfield Rovers coach Danny Silvestri.

“Teamwork has the incredible power to increase team satisfaction, and even each player’s individual performance.

“This group have the belief that anything is possible if you work hard at it, and as a whole we are proud to have been nominated for such a prestigious award.”

Leading the 16s to be the most successful team in Enfield’s illustrious 63-year history, Silvestri himself was also named as a finalist for the Community Coach of the Year Award.

While finally, Football NSW hosting the 2023 NAIDOC Cup will feature as a finalist in the Inclusion Achievement of the Year.

The NAIDOC Cup, which coincides annually with NAIDOC Week, celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of First Nations people to football.

Valentine Sports Park played host to an expanded event in 2023, spanning three days and encompassing over 140 First Nations participants. Football NSW also went on to claim the Cup for the second successive year over Northern NSW Football.

“The NAIDOC Cup is an event we are so proud of and continue to be astounded by its success, positive engagement, and feedback,” said Football NSW’s Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator Annabel Meadley.

“It’s great to have more of a platform for the NAIDOC Cup which helps spread more awareness of the event so that we can engage with more people, grow the event and continue to help develop First Nations participants at all levels.”

View the full list of 2024 Sports Foyer NSW Community Sports Awards finalists here