Michael (Mick) Fogarty has been named the Statewide Super Volunteer of the Year, serving the Crystal Brook Football Club community for 24 years.
Mick was announced as the award winner at the Magarey Medal and Hall of Fame Presentation Dinner at Adelaide Oval, selected from eight finalists who were nominated by their clubs for their outstanding contributions to community football.
The head trainer at Crystal Brook Football Club, Mick has previously taken on roles as club President, coach and been a member of the club and district committees.
Beyond the tireless hours spent volunteering on and off field, Mick has played a significant role in creating a club culture that embraces diversity, respect and inclusion, going to great lengths to break down barriers and stigmas for players with disabilities.
Mick is both humbled and honoured to receive the award, and said he is driven by his passion for the Crystal Brook Football Club.
“I was very surprised to be named the winner because you only volunteer to help your club and community out, you don’t expect awards,” Mick said.
“I love being involved in football, it is a passion of mine. Volunteering comes easy because you do it to help people out, and to see the kids come through the grades is a really great experience.”
Mick is renowned as a fantastic club trainer, providing players with quality support on game day and throughout their recovery. His focus on injury prevention and proper treatment decreases injury times and aids player participation.
The Crystal Brook FC attest their membership growth and financial prosperity to Michael’s consistent hard work, which has seen an increase in memberships, sponsorships and fundraising.
As the winner, Mick has also been named the South Australian AFL State Volunteer of the Year and acknowledged for his achievement with two tickets to the Toyota AFL Grand Final, including two return flights, accommodation in Melbourne and the opportunity to walk in the Grand Final Parade.
SANFL Community Football Manager Matt Duldig said the award is a great opportunity to recognise the incredible work of volunteers like Mick that often goes unnoticed.
“There would not be community football without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who give up countless hours to work behind the scenes each week,” Mr Duldig said.
“From coaches to timekeepers, committee members and umpires, volunteers take on a number of roles to keep our clubs thriving. These South Australians love their football as much as we do at SANFL and deserve great recognition.
“Mick is an extremely deserving recipient of the award and a highly regarded member of the Crystal Brook Football Club community.”
Presenting the award, Statewide Super Chief Executive Richard Nunn said Statewide Super and SANFL are proud to celebrate the local footy heroes who make the game great on and off the field.
“It’s important to recognise and reward volunteers, just like Mick, who dedicate their time and energy to help create engaged communities, enduring friendships and enriched lives,” Mr Nunn said.
“To those who coach, umpire, cook the weekend BBQ and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, we thank you for your efforts, all of which don’t go unnoticed.”
2018 STATEWIDE SUPER VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Michael (Mick) Fogarty
Crystal Brook Football Club
Years of service: 24
Roles: Club Committee Member, Regional Committee, Vice President, President, Coach, Trainer, Club Delegate, Club Equipment Coordinator, Game Day Support, Sponsorship Co-ordinator
- Rejuvenated club participation with an increase in club memberships
- Manages and coordinates club budgets and sponsorship, enabling the club to prosper financially
- Membership & sponsorship success have enabled financial independence, ensuring club is not in a position for forced amalgamation
- Coordinates all club events, fundraising and other events including weddings, family nights and club meals
- Focussed on the retention of Past Players around the club
- Provides training services to football and netball players
- Passionately promotes the club to embrace diversity, respect and inclusion to break down barriers for players with disabilities
- Is a Patron of the Club
- Is a full time Carer for his son & ensures his son’s involvement in the club
- Is experienced on injury management
- Regularly participates in club maintenance and attendance at working bees
- Contributes heavily to the clubs strong, respected and professional stance, with personal influence on all players supporters & volunteers due to his tireless commitment
Adrian (Butch) Wait
Peake & Districts Football Club
Years of Service 15
Roles Past & Present: Head Trainer, Club Committee, Club Equipment Coordinator, Game Day Support
- Served for 15 years as a Trainer amongst various grades
- Mentor to junior players for taking on trainer type duties, to promote the longevity of a club’s success
- Provides training and game day strapping of all junior & senior players
- Transports the game day equipment trailer to every match
- Assist with injury management (football and non-football related)
- Assists opposition clubs to manage injuries, while maintaining personal contact
- Prepares players with strapping, massage, ice baths along with cleaning the facility
- Has significantly contributed to the growth of junior participation
Strathalbyn Football Club
Years of Service: 20
Roles: League, Club and Regional Committee, Junior Competition Council, Coach, Team Manager, Runner, Timekeeper, Umpire, Auskick Coordinator, Club Equipment Coordinator, Game Day Support
- Established Women’s Football contributing to over 100 new families joining the club
- Developed a Junior Female Academy, with over 40 girls taking part
- Further promotes football within the School District, Club and Fleurieu Peninsula
- Makes time available for male and female players in the off-season to develop their skills
- Has developed numerous players who have gone onto be listed with SANFLW clubs
- Introduced new initiatives to promote participation across Auskick
- Won the Council’s Young Citizen of the Year award for 2018 for his contributions to women’s football
- Helped foster a positive relationship between men’s and women’s football at the club
Jervois Combined Sporting Club
Number of years’ service: 10
Roles: Regional, League & Club Committee, Junior Competition Council, Trainer, Game Day Support
- Ensures club operations continue to run smoothly on a weekly basis
- Volunteers time and support to other sporting groups at the club including the local Bowls Club and 8-Ball competition.
- Cooks meals for the senior teams each week
- Involved with training the junior sides
- Is a strong support and mentor for many junior players
- Provides club room maintenance and performs cleaning duties
Rosewater Football Club
Years of service: 6
Roles: Club Committee Member, Auskick Coordinator, Treasurer, Secretary Club Equipment Coordinator, Game Day Support
- Introduced healthier canteen options, a no waste policy and a recycling program
- Provides free fruit for players
- Has provided financial assistance towards registrations for disadvantaged families
- Provides registrar support for other club members
- Property steward and runs the club’s clothing and merchandise arm
- Performs clubroom maintenance and cleaning duties
- Strong supporter of Indigenous families participating and junior player support
- Has created a successful and positive environment for junior grades
- Prepares meals for club juniors and facilitates player transport
Brighton Bombers Football Club
Years of Service: 19
Roles: Club President, Assistant treasurer, Club & League Committee Member, Mini Management Committee, Coach, Team Manager, AusKick Coordinator, Runner, Umpire, Brighton Sports and Social Club Committee, Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Buildings Coordinator 2018, Club Equipment Coordinator, Game Day Support
- Introduced a one club policy bringing the juniors and seniors under one banner, attributed to huge growth in participation rates at the club
- Co-ordinator of the Brighton Sporting precinct project which has just secured $2.8m to build a new clubroom including women’s changerooms
- Introduced Women’s Football and SANFL juniors to the club
- Developed a zero-tolerance drug policy
- Facilitated club movement to the Adelaide Footy League in 2017
- Introduced live streaming and commentary of all home A-grade matches as a key connector to sponsors and community
- Organises sponsorship with double the revenue over the last three years
- Coordinates club events, fundraisers (club & charity), award nights
- Provides game day assistance – BBQ, bar, coaching, runner, cooking meals
- Builds strong relationships with other clubs and leagues including rugby, cricket and netball
- Has worked with the Federal Government, Council & other clubs to develop a Brighton Sporting plan that enhanced the club’s role in providing community space
(Multicultural) Community Ambassador
Years of Service: 4
Roles: Multicultural Ambassador, Competition Coordinator, AFL Multicultural Ambassador
- Passionately promotes diversity to create an environment that welcomes everyone regardless of race, religion, appearance or culture
- Organises and accompanies groups of students and parents to attend their first AFL match
- Facilitated after school footy programs
- Provides ongoing work in the wider Muslim Community
- Developed a football specific flyer in Arabic to help parents identify with and easily understand football
- Increased parent participation across multicultural programs
- Facilitated talks between Port Adelaide Football Club and Pinnacle College to introduce the Inaugural Power Intercultural Program
- Is an influencer of community viewpoints and beliefs about the game of football
- He has devoted many hours on top of his existing commitment in the field
- Started as an AFL Multicultural Ambassador, working at Pinnacle College. The school has a multicultural population of 99%, many families are new arrivals to Australia
Boston Football Club
Years of Service: 10
Roles: Junior Competition Council, Junior Committee member, Coach, Team Manager, Runner, Timekeeper, Auskick Coordinator, Match Day Official, Game Day Support
- Contributed to the resurgence of junior teams by developing skills and improving player mindsets within the ranks
- Achieved participation growth across junior platforms as a result of shaping a strong committee and coaching group
- Introduced Auskick to be played at half-time of senior matches
- Is a function coordinator organising all junior events including breakfasts, barbeques and tea nights for juniors
- History of coaching across multiple grades and is a team manager of the under 15 team
- Assists with preparing and serving Saturday night club dinners
- Match Day Official for senior games
- Encourages and influences parents and supporters to become involved with the club, ensuring long-term club success
- Assists with the organisation of all Friday night and weekend games
- Provides free wood to the club fire pit which is used throughout the year
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