Jon Pillemer (pictured) was awarded Football NSW’s Charles Valentine Medal last Thursday, in recognition of his 37 years of outstanding service to football, as a player and administrator.
Known for his fancy footwork and good sportsmanship, Pillemer played for Hakoah from the age of 18 to 46, winning the National Soccer League’s best player award in 1994 and 1995.
Just last year, he played for the Australian men’s over-55 team at the Maccabiah Games, and was one of Australia’s two chosen flagbearers.
Pillemer served on the Hakoah FC board for more than two decades, including as chairman for eight years until 2021, and can still be spotted at games, mentoring young players.
“I feel very honoured and humbled,” Pillemer said.
“You play because you love it, and you help the kids just because you want them to enjoy it, and have the opportunities you had.
“For me, the beauty of our game is the way it unites us all.
“While this is an individual award, I want to thank Hakoah’s board, my wife Jacqui, and everyone at Football NSW for their tireless efforts.”