Rose Pirrottina named Geelong Female Football Administrator of the Year
President of Bell Park Soccer Club wins inaugural award
On May 19th, as part of Galaxy United FC’s Celebration of female football at the iconic GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Rose Pirrottina (president of Bell Park Soccer Club) was named the inaugural Geelong Female Football Administrator of the Year.
The award was presented at a special post match function following the WNPL seniors’ clash between Galaxy United and Bulleen, which was compered by Geelong Region Football Committee (GRFC) Chairperson Jo Plummer and attended by FFV president Kimon Taliadoros and Women’s Program Development Co Ordinator Helen Tyrikos.
The Award was sponsored by the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and was presented by Board member Simon Guthrie, while acting CEO Natalie Valentine was also in attendance on behalf of the Trust.
A total of eight nominations were received by the judging panel, which included Libby Mears (Leisure Networks and a Board member of KPST), Jo Plummer, representing GRFC and FFV Club Ambassador for the Geelong region, Tonci Prusac, who represented the FFV.
In order to have qualified for initial nomination, potential nominees were required to have had a minimum of two years’ service to the Geelong football community and to either be holding (or have held) a position on the Club Board or a Sub-Committee or have made a significant contribution in an operational or fundraising capacity at the nominated club.
The judges had an extremely difficult task with the nominees judged according to the following criteria:
- Contribution to their own club
- Contribution to the wider football community in Geelong
- Years of service
- Leadership qualities displayed.
FFV President Kimon Taliadoros paid homage to all the hard working females associated with the World Game.
“Congratulations to all the ladies nominated for this fantastic award and in particular to the winner Rose Pirrottina. It’s an incredible recognition of all the hard work and dedication they have all contributed and continue to contribute to our wonderful sport
“The FFV is honoured to be involved with the Female Football Administrator of the Year award, sponsored by the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, and we believe it’s not only a recognition of the eight fine nominees here tonight but also all the hard working female administrators, volunteers, coaches, players and supporters at each of our 360 odd member clubs around the state,” he said.
Despite winning the Award, Rose Pirrottina remained humbled yet honoured.
“Receiving this award has been a great honour. I must admit I was in shock when my name was called out. I felt so emotional because women are (finally) getting recognized for their hard work,” said the Bell park president.
“I showed gratitude to my fellow nominees for their hard work as they also were worthy of this award.
“I couldn’t do what I do without a great support of tireless volunteers who support my vision, so this award is to all of them at the Bell Park Sports Club. But my true reward is knowing I have been able to make a difference as a female in football and the community and I hope that this award can be inspiring to other females.
“Making a difference to someone’s life through sport and allowing them to play the sport they love, no matter what race religion or gender they may be, is magic right there and then,” she said.
Pirrottina had one final message for everyone involved with growing the female version of the Beautiful Game.
“Do not lose vision on growing female football and remember never to give up, no matter what challenges are presented to you. Well done to all the clubs involved and let’s keep female football growing,” she said.