Capital Football Awards & Wellington Football Hall of Fame Evening

Capital Football and Team Wellington are pleased to announce the 2017 Capital Football Awards and Wellington Hall of Fame evening will take place on Monday 2nd October.

This year we have opened voting for the award finalists to the wider football community. We ask members of clubs affiliated to Capital Football to vote to select the three finalists and winner in each category.

In the category of Club Volunteer of the Year, background information on nominees can be found below.

The voting form can be found here:

Voting closes 5pm Monday 18th September and is open to players, administrators, and coaches/managers.


The Capital Football Awards and Wellington Hall of Fame evening will be held on Monday 2nd October at:

Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub
Cnr Dixon and Taranaki Streets

If you would like to book a table at this event, contact Peter Becker


Club Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Nadine Coulter – Wellington United Juniors

We are a small club so our income is also small; Nadine has worked tirelessly to secure grants and sponsorship funding so that we can offer high quality resources to our junior players, such as full-size portable goals, paying for professional coaches for our summer futsal programme and subsidising the cost to parents, and most importantly, funding for football scholarships for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to club sport.


Paul Martin – Petone

Paul has made a hugely significant contribution to women’s and junior football at Petone for a number of years in a coaching capacity. Paul is currently the coach of the Women’s Reserve team and the Women’s third team and is assistant coach of the junior U14 team.

Paul contributes positively to all aspects of the Club and is greatly respected and appreciated by players, parents and the Women’s and Junior Committees. Paul is a kind, thoughtful and helpful person who is a pleasure to work with.

Paul was also recognised and rewarded by Capital Football this year as an outstanding volunteer.


Glenda Schmitt

Glenda has been in the engine room of our club for many years. Waterside Karori simply wouldn’t function without her performing many important and unseen tasks every week for the club:

  • New kit procurement
  • Badging and labeling all kit
  • Food for visiting teams on game day
  • Operates the bar on game day
  • Manages game day set-up of the ground
  • Helps with 1st team budget and contracts

Glenda does all of this every week – every year and we recognise her constantly in our after match speeches which always gets a massive clap and there’s a reason for that – the players love her! Not just because she does all these jobs but because she goes the extra mile for players all the time. For example – on a cold day at Karori Park – a player was without his rain jacket due to a broken zip. Glenda took the jacket home – repaired the zip and had it back in the hands of the player before the warm up. Small acts of passion!

At the start of the season Glenda was helping settle 4 players into a players flat. After she had finished those players had all the bedding, cleaning and cooking products they would need to stay alive. Small acts of passion!

There are so many things Glenda does for the club every week that we will never know – but we do appreciate that we have a caring and dedicated person who is passionate about making her contribution to the community through her work with the club. We will continue to thank Glenda every 2nd Saturday but it would be nice to see her recognised at CF level for the outstanding contribution she has made over 10+ years.


Paul Wooldridge – Western Suburbs

For 2017 Paul has been an integral part in the success of Western Suburbs winning the Central League in his role as team manager. Paul has been meticulous in preparing every aspect of the first teams match day and can be seen at grounds hours before the players arrive laying out gear and preparing food. This is only part of what Paul contributes at Wests. For many years he has looked after all our I.T requirements and also coached the successful junior Wests Jets team of which five of those players now feature in the Western Suburbs first team.

Never one to grumble Paul goes about supporting the club wherever he can. Paul is a true Wests man.


Chris Wratt – Island Bay United

Chris has been involved with our junior club for a number of years, this year joining the committee for the whole of the club. Chris identified the kitchen / cafe and clubrooms as an area he wanted to get involved in and almost single-handedly took on a refresh of our approach. Chris helped with our new coffee machine installation and ensuring that our new voluteer and staff crew were fully inducted in the arts of coffee making, as well as ensuring we had a wide range of tasty treats for people. If you came to Wakefield Park on a Saturday morning, then Chris’ smiling face was probably the one that was responsible for serving you.

Chris has also been key to our relationships with a number of hirers of the clubrooms over the winter, including for holiday programmes. While we have bar staff who come on-board for Saturday afternoons, Chris was almost always still around, chipping in and making sure things were running smoothly, including through the evenings for functions and back again in the morning when the clean-up was going on.

At our PrizeGiving Chris told the story of how he’d fallen in love with a Football Club. Apart from the few moments we can get him out for an appearance on the field, if you come down to Wakefield Park, you’ll see the community vibe that this brings to our club and clubrooms.  He’s down there first thing in the morning when our First Kicks start and is usually there in the evening when our masters teams come in after a game so he gets to meet the whole community at Wakefield from little kids to parents (and even grand-parents) and it feels like family to him.

There are others who contributed to making Wakefield Park and the Island Bay Clubrooms a great atmosphere this year, but without a doubt, Chris is the man who is our Club Volunteer of the Year in the Bay.


Other nominees

Dean Eagar – Western Suburbs

Jamie Wood – Upper Hutt

Alison Mill