Football NSW’s State Dinner was held at the Novotel Sydney Norwest Grand Ballroom on Saturday 12 November in what was a fantastic celebration of community football with Sutherland’s well known Greg Storey receiving a FNSW State Award.
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.
Sutherland Shire Football Association is pleased to congratulate a person who is the embodiment of “grassroots football”, Greg Storey. Greg has been a part of Sutherland Association since he first put on a football boot as a 6 year old for the Cronulla Seagulls Football Club in the 1960s. His involvement in his beloved Lilli Pilli Football Club began with his son’s ‘Roo Ball’ registration in the 1990s.
He was elected as a club Vice-President in 2004 and 2005 at a time when ‘LPJSC’ was transitioning into a new era of management after the retirement of a long-standing committee. Greg’s first major achievement was his modernization of the way in which information was conveyed to members through his creation of a club website (www.lillipilli.org). In more recent years, he incorporated the use of Facebook and a Lilli Pilli APP to further assist members’ access necessary information in a quick and efficient manner.
He was elected Club President in 2006 and has continued in this role ever since. Each year, for over a decade, Greg has overseen and inspired a management committee of over thirty volunteers and as such he was honored with Life Membership of LPFC in 2010 – it’s 50th season.
On weekends during the season, he is literally everywhere across the Shire and sometimes beyond. He prides himself on being an ardent supporter of all 130 teams within the club. He frequently attends FFA Cup, State Cup and Champion of Champions games and of course rarely misses making an appearance at semi-finals, finals and grand finals of the local competition.
Apart from managing and coaching various teams, Greg has also immersed himself in all facets of the club’s operation at every level. He has helped steer the expansion of sponsorship opportunities with local businesses, assisted with the smooth introduction of the online registration system, chaired player selections and team grading meetings, represented at judiciary hearings and organised pre-season club gala days. Greg has also lead the way in working with Sutherland Shire Council to enhance the facilities at both Glenn McGrath Oval and Lilli Pilli Oval.
Greg has also been active at the Association level. He has been an Association Club Delegate for Lilli Pilli advocating on behalf of all clubs in the Shire. He has been responsible for the grading of 1200 sides as a member of the Association grading committee for a number of years, assisted with the formulation of finals series draws and has organized the annual photo shoot (season launch) attended by players from all 26 member clubs. Greg has also been a past member of the FNSW Grassroots Standing Committee. In 2011 Sutherland Shire Football Association bestowed its’ highest honour – A Merit Award to Greg for his services to Sutherland Shire Football. Greg has earned enormous respect from both the Lilli Pilli community and the wider Sutherland community for his dedication to grassroots football.
Congratulations Greg on a well deserved State Award.