JACKY FINLAY-JONES RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR ST GEORGE

Football NSW’s State Dinner was held at the Rydges in Norwest on Saturday night in what was a fantastic celebration of community football.

Football NSW Directors and Life Members all came together to recognise and acknowledge the elite few who have provided consistent and invaluable services at the community level for the world game.

Hosted by the Stephanie Brantz, the evening kicked off with the presentation of the State Award winners.

State Award winners are nominated by their Association in recognition of their tireless efforts and service to football in their local community.

State Awards formally recognise individuals who have provided consistent and valuable service at any level – Club, Association, Branch or State.

These contributions may include services such as: committee member, coach, manager, match official, canteen manager or grounds person.

St George Football Association nomination for the 2019 Football NSW State Award was Jacky Finlay-Jones.

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Jacky Finlay Jones

Jacky has been involved with the St George district association as a coach, manager, referee, Club committee member and Association officer for over 20 years.

Jacky has held the position of Competition Secretary for the Association and has done so with great distinction and is the longest serving SGFA office bearer with over 11 years’ service.

Prior to this Jacky was a parent, committee member and Secretary at Ramsgate RSL football club from 1998-2008, helping to grow and establish the Club within the St George district.  During her time with Ramsgate Jacky was a manager of multiple teams, assisted within the canteen and registrations, assisted in organisation of presentation and club days, has volunteered to run lines instead of spectate when needed and generally was the Clubs go to person that provided great insight and passion.

Jacky is a highly respected member within the St George Football community and her contribution to the SGFA is invaluable and enormous. She is a tireless and selfless person who chairs the SGFA competition planning and grading committees and gives up many hours of her own time each week to ensure that our local grassroots competitions run as smoothly as possible. Her role of Competition Secretary is one of the most challenging having to deal with the many variables, constraints and competing priorities of scheduling competition fixtures, not to mention the unpredictable weather conditions that so often interrupt the winter football season.  

On any given weekend around the St George district, Jacky can be seen at various grounds watching and supporting local football. This means that she is such a well-known figure amongst the football community and is often approached by people seeking answers to questions about rules or by-laws or simply providing some advice on a range of matters.

Jacky has also been the recipient of the SGFA Gold Medal, which is the Associations most prestigious individual award. This award recognises outstanding contribution over and above what would normally be expected of a person in the position they hold or have held, which merits the highest possible acknowledgement.

SGFA is very lucky to have a person like Jacky, who has and continues to contribute a significant amount of time, knowledge and expertise to the sport and exemplifies what it means to be a grassroots football volunteer.

The SGFA Board, staff and Clubs are very grateful to Jacky for everything she does for football in the area and is very much a worthy recipient of the Football NSW State Award for the St George district.

2008 to current – St George Football Association Competition Secretary

1998 to 2008 – Ramsgate RSL Football Club Secretary