The Albert Clift Award celebrates the outstanding contribution to the Club by those behind the scenes; the people working tirelessly day-in-day-out to ensure our players can come into a professional environment and focus purely on playing the game to the best of their ability.
During the disruptions and unprecedented times of COVID-19, Brian Stow (Football Operations Officer) not only sacrificed a part of his life to commit to the Player’s Bubble, but also led the officiating to ensure the Club was abiding by the strict Protocols in play.
Brian dedicated himself to ensure all operations within the Bubble were conducted seamlessly from tasks such as getting up at the crack-of-dawn in order to set up all testing stations, setting up change rooms on game day and staying back into the early hours of the morning to pack down after a match.
Not only did Brian give up so much of his time to the Club, but he had to liaise with a range of sectors including NRL Officials and local government. For example with Metricon High Performance Centre Redfern being a council park, he would often have to liaise with council regarding when to open the field to the public and when to close it off for player’s training.
“Obviously the situation was new to everybody and under such trying circumstances Brian came in with such a selfless attitude,” said Head of Football Mark Ellison.
“He went above and beyond as expected before COVID, but also stepped up at the re-commencement of the season.
“Not only did Brian do a fantastic job at presenting information to players and staff but he also kept everybody’s spirits up.”
The is the first time it has been awarded since 2011 and is named after Albert Clift who was a gigantic figure in this Club’s history. Born on 21 March 1904, Mr Clift was a former player for South Sydney, former official and director and was the Club’s first mascot back in 1968. We would like to congratulate Brian on his efforts this season.