Sarah Loh CEO (L) presents Clancy Phillips Oakleigh JFC (R) with a Monash University Leadership Award, the first of five across the season. Posted in Featured News , Front Page News

Major Sponsor Monash University continues to strengthen its community connection with grassroots football in Melbourne’s south-east.

In its second year sponsoring South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), its member clubs, and its 11,000+ participants, Monash is set to recognise young leaders for their contribution to teams, clubs and their community.

In 2018, five ‘Leaders of the Month’ will be awarded across the season, with an ultimate Leadership Award winner announced in September at the annual Presentation Night.

Congratulations must go to Clancy Phillips who has been recognised for her contribution to the community at Oakleigh Dragons JFC.

Named the first Monash University ‘Leader of the Month’ for 2018, Clancy was nominated by the club committee for lending a hand whenever needed.

Oakleigh JFC Secretary Kathy McGeogh beams of Clancy’s effort pre-season,

“She has without fail been one of the most helpful people on hand at our stock and Welcome Nights.  Without any request she jumps in to help sort stock and manage merchandise queries.  She works absolutely tirelessly during these nights.”

Even though Clancy has taken to the field for the first time as a player this season in the Youth Girls competition, she still manages to give time and effort on a Sunday.

“On Round 1 of this season she was up and helping in the canteen at 8am, before heading off to her first ever game, before returning to the ground to help in the canteen again and then help into the evening” said Kathy.

Clancy is described as a magnificent example of leadership, demonstrating the sort of attitude a volunteer organisation like a junior football club needs to thrive and flourish. She helps the club without questions or hesitation, all while juggling Year 12 studies. Her selflessness and willingness to help out is extraordinary in a girl of her age.

A true ‘face of the club’, Clancy was excited to be recognised for this award and encouraged everyone to get involved. She said of volunteering;

“You get more than what you put in”

If you’d like to recognise a young leader speak to your club to have them nominated today!