Lake Macquarie City Council has endorsed West Wallsend Senior Football Club's plan to construct a scoreboard in the name of fallen player Jaryd Hayter.
Mr Hayter died last September, two weeks after he fell from a roof while working as an apprentice electrician at an industrial complex on Old Punt Road in Tomago.
The 19-year-old, nicknamed "humbo", was part of West Wallsend's under-19 side that was due to play a finals match a few days after his fall. While "humbo" never made the match, his side went on to win the grand final - dedicating the victory to their teammate.
In recent months, West Wallsend SFC sought council's permission to build an electronic scoreboard at its home ground - Johnston Oval - which it manages on behalf of council.
The proposal received unanimous approval from Lake Macquarie councillors at this week's meeting of the service delivery committee.
Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said Mr Hayter's passing had been a "sad accident" and "the loss of a young life" felt throughout the community.
Councillor Barney Langford said the proposal was "a stark reminder that people do go to work and don't come home in the evening".
"This is a very fitting memorial to Jaryd Hayter," he said.
"One of the things we are able to do as a council is to play a tiny role in acknowledging the work that people do in our community, and this is an example of that."
Cr Fraser added: "I'm pleased we've been able to endorse the naming of this electronic scoreboard that will remember Jaryd Hayter for some time".
West Wallsend SFC secretary Megan Crowhurst said the idea for the scoreboard had come from consultation with Mr Hayter's family.
"Jaryd's family has stayed actively involved in the club," she said.
"His dad, Scott, is on the committee. His grandparents still come to games. We asked Scott [what] the best sort of project [would be], and Scott said he really wanted the scoreboard and a scoreboard would mean the most to their family.
"Before [Jaryd] passed away, he scored at the end of the ground as well, in the match before he was in that accident at work."
Ms Crowhurst said a donation from Energy Australia had made the project possible. Mr Hayter had been working for a contractor on behalf of the company at the time of the workplace accident.
Scott Hayter said Energy Australia had contacted the family after the incident and said "if they can help in any way, just give them a call". So an approach was made to fund the tribute project.
"For us, for the family - his parents, his sister, his mates, his soccer mates - it will be a real honour to see his name on the scoreboard," Scott said.
"I don't think any other club in Newcastle will have anything like it. It's a scoreboard, but it's got a full [video] screen as well."
The club hopes the scoreboard can help its cause in pushing for promotion into the NPL. Northern NSW Football announced this week no additional teams would be added to the grade. Facilities formed part of the assessment for entry.
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