Bankstown Sports Club would like to congratulate Strikers’ Football Club secretary Kylee Freeman, who was presented with a State Award by Football NSW, for her contribution to the sport.
In a prestigious state dinner, held at the Novotel Sydney Norwest Grand Ballroom on Saturday night, volunteers from clubs around the state were recognised for their outstanding contribution to football.
Several members of Parliament attended the event, along with Sport NSW CEO Darren Simpson, CEO of the Office of Sport Matt Miller, and the FFA’s Head of Women’s Football, Emma Highwood, who all came together to recognise and acknowledge the elite few who have provided invaluable service at a community level.
The evening kicked off with the presentation of the State Award winners, who were nominated by their Association in recognition of their service to football in their local communities. These contributions may include being a committee member, coach, manager, match official, canteen manager or grounds person.
Kylee was nominated by the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association, for her work with the Strikers. She has been the club’s secretary for a number of years and juggles her role alongside being a fulltime teacher and a mum of 3 children.
She says the award was a lovely surprise and admits her volunteer work does keep her very busy.
“It was awesome to be recognised, but it was definitely a team effort. We all work together as a committee really well, so I will be enjoying this with them.
“I like to think I’m fairly organised so I think that’s a big part. I do have a lot of people that help me out, dropping kids off and picking them up. But I think organisation is definitely key, as well as having a drive to do it all. You need to want to do this, and I like helping the kids out. I love seeing them running around and playing sport instead of being stuck indoors at home”.
Kylee is known for keeping the club running smoothly and fairly and she will not tolerate bad behaviour from any players or parents. She is so committed to the Strikers that she rarely goes to watch her own children play, as she is always at the club’s home ground, making sure everything is going to plan.
Kylee’s husband Troy is also heavily involved in volunteer work and was awarded the Bankstown Sports Volunteer of the Year Award last month. She says volunteering has always been in their blood.
“Troy and I did a lot of sport growing up so both our parents were always involved in pick-ups and drop offs. They always did those things for us and now we’re doing it for our kids. Troy started helping at Strikers first and they needed more help, so I got involved. I followed his lead and that’s how we both got involved”.
In September, Kylee was awarded the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association’s Volunteer of the Year award. She wants to encourage everyone to get involved in volunteer work.
“Oh definitely. I don’t understand why other parents don’t get involved to help their kids out. It’s a really big job and the more people that can help, the better. There are lots of rewards, not just seeing your kids grow, but watching the club grow and seeing all the other children have fun”.