Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA) recently held their annual awards presentation night at Revesby Workers Club to recognise the achievements of their members. Award categories were Club Volunteer of the Year, Golden Boot Awards for the most goals scored, Player of the Grand Final Awards, Player of the Year awards and the top award of the night was the prestigious BDAFA Volunteer of the Year award.
The top award went Ola El-Zahab who is the Junior Vice President of the Greenacre Eagles Football Club. The award as voted by the Board of Directors was in recognition Ola’s hard work and dedication throughout the 2017 season.
“Ola has been an amazing asset throughout the 2017 season and her hard work and dedication was not only to her Club but to BDAFA as well. She is quite passionate about women’s football and is part of the Women’s Development Committee.” stated BDAFA Chairman, Glenn Rufford.
Ola was instrumental in the inaugural Bankstown Football4All Program which provided coaching clinics to students with a disability from three local schools. Ola attended each week and every week ensuring she was the first person there and the last to leave. She even provided caps for the students and prior to the final day of the program she helped pack gift bags for each student from the programs’ sponsors.
“I consider myself both honoured and privileged to have taken part in the 2017 Football4All program. Teaching football skills is a great passion of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed working with such energetic and happy bunch of children.” Explained Ola.
Ola coaches two teams and assists in the coaching of two others during the season. Her Grade 14 Girls team finished Minor Premiers and were unfortunately beaten in the Grand Final. As they were crowned Minor Premiers, Ola’s troops are now playing in the Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament played during September and October.
Ola is quite humble in her response to her dedication to her Club and BDAFA “I am so proud of the Club I represent, it’s not your typical Club, we are just one big happy family. I’ve been a member for five years and loved every minute of it. In that time I have formed lifelong friendships with coaches, managers, parents and children. The Club provides an amazing atmosphere week in week out.”
“The association is so lucky to have Ola and the other Club Volunteer of the Year recipients. They are the reason why our Clubs run so smoothly. It’s hard to realise just how many hours our volunteers put in week in week out.” Quoted Mr Rufford.
PHOTO: BDAFA Volunteer of the Year, Ola El-Zahab accepting her award from David Coleman MP, Federal Member for Banks and David Gilbert General Manager – Sales and Service, Bankstown City Unity Bank
CREDIT: Rhianna Payne Photography