Popular Katherine Camels coach Scott Bertus has won the National Senior Coach of the Year Award.
The national volunteer awards were announced on the morning of the AFL grand final in Queensland.
First he was a 2019 NT winner now he is a national winner.
The national category winners each receive a $1000 cash prize and an additional $500 prize for their affiliated group (Club, Auskick Centre, Umpire Group, School) or a charity of their choice.
Scott's nomination details.
"The values Scott brings to the Katherine community reflect exactly what football should be about. A strong passion for both people and the game are projected in the form of an energetic coach, dedicated not only to the Katherine Camels Football Club, but to the wider Katherine community.
"Scott creates an environment that makes people want to take ownership and pride in the game, with players contributing as much off the field as on it. With Scott's mentoring and an increase in professionalism, Camels players now have the confidence and sense of responsibility that has seen the club lead the way in assisting with the community junior programs and becoming involved in umpiring.
"In addition to his own coaching commitments, he regularly attends all other club matches too, taking hours out of his weekend to familiarise himself with each team and identify players across the region. He regularly assists with the women's matches - as an extra coach on the bench or running water / messages, and facilitates training sessions that encompass the whole club, including women and younger players."
As well as the Camels, Scott has formerly coached the Big Rivers Hawks Under 18s side.
The AFL Volunteer of the Year program is a recognition program which commenced as part of the Australian Football 150 years celebration in an effort to reward outstanding volunteers who have given notable voluntary service to Australian Football.
Meanwhile, the Big Rivers juniors competition kicked off in Katherine on Friday.
Many remote communities plan to be involved in the Big Rivers junior football competition which starts on Friday, October 23.
The AFL competition will run for seven weeks.
In under 12s there are currently six teams registered, where teams are mix of males and females.
In under 16s there are currently four male teams and two female teams.
There are many remote communities being involved, Wugularr, Barunga, Ngukurr, Mataranka and Pine Creek.
Schools and various clubs in Katherine are also involved.
Organisers are waiting for all teams to be confirmed before they can release a fixture for the shortened season.
Organisers have also put a call out for any volunteers, from umpiring, time keeping, first aid and general helping.
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