Andy Favaloro wins George Churchward Medal

Recognised: Southern Districts Soccer Football Association President Andy Favaloro won the George Churchward Medal on Saturday. Picture: Football NSW
Recognised: Southern Districts Soccer Football Association President Andy Favaloro won the George Churchward Medal on Saturday. Picture: Football NSW

All you need to know about Andy Favaloro is this.

Even some 30-plus years after joining the Fairfield Patrician Brothers Soccer Club in 1986 when his son Anthony started playing in the under-8s, he still loves the game just as much.

“At all levels too. I really enjoy watching the juniors, female and seniors play,” he said.

“It’s my passion.”

His passion and commitment to he game was recognised on Saturday with the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association (SDSFA) president winning the George Churchward Medal.

His involvement with football in the area is as long as decorated.

He served as a manager, vice-president and president of Fairfield Patrician Brothers Soccer Club between 1986-2003.

He joined the association in 1995 and has held the roles of vice-president, treasurer and now president of the SDSFA for 11 years.

To be able to be recongised by the people around you and the people you have worked with over the years that appreciate what you do is the main thing.

Andy Favaloro

His coaching highlight came in 1996 when his under-16 girls were were crowned premiers.

As an administrator, he is most proud of being able to bring back youth development to Southern Districts and was a driving force behind  setting up a stand alone entity in football club SD Raiders FC.

“Over the last six years, to be able to get kids developing and represent the area they live in has been great to see,” he said. “It’a great boost for the area.”

As for winning the award?

“It was a surprise. To be able to be recongised by the people around you and the people you have worked with over the years that appreciate what you do is the main thing. It’s an honour.”

Southern Districts is one of the strongest associations in NSW and regularly has more than 10,000 registered players and this year they had five teams reach the finals of the Champion of Champions tournament –  the most of any association.

When announcing Andy as the winner Football NSW said:  “Andy has been a huge supporter of all other associations and continues to go into bat for any fellow association regardless of consequences as he understands, appreciates and respects the work they all do.”