Volunteer within Welsh Football

Share, Develop and Grow your Skillset within Welsh Football Trust Initiatives

The Welsh Football Trust provides many opportunities and pathways to volunteer within football in Wales. We work with key partners so that opportunities are advertised and individuals understand the roles that are available. The key partners which we work with are

• MV50
• MV100
• Young Ambassadors Scheme
• Local Authorities
• Welsh Premier Clubs
• Tier 2 Welsh League Clubs
• Junior Football League Clubs
• Primary Schools
• Secondary Schools
• Colleges
• Universities

When we think of volunteers getting involved with football, the first thing that comes to mind is coaching. If you are looking to get into coaching then there are many ways in which we can support you and for you to be involved with one or more of our key partners programmes. Our key partners have individual schemes which will enable you to begin your coaching career. It may be something you are looking to do long term, or to support a job application or college/university application.

Football clubs have many other avenues for volunteering. You may want to support clubs and build up your C.V. through programmes such as:

• Social media work
• Web design
• Club membership schemes
• Functions and events
• Match day support
• Match analysis
• Refereeing
• First Aid

The benefits of volunteering are massive, not only should it make you feel proud that you are using your spare time to help and develop others for no financial benefit but you will be supporting and developing the game in Wales. Other benefits are;

- Grant support for coach education
- Improve social skills
- Create new contacts
- References to support individual development
- Interview experience
- Can open doors for your future
- Creating new and exciting projects in a non-pressurised environment
- Continued support from key partners

For Information on programmes near you, Please Contact your Local Officer via our 'Contact Trust Staff'

Tom's Story

Thomas Adams, MV50 and MV100 Awards for Volunteering in Youth Football (Wrexham)

Tom started playing football at the age of 6, when he first played for Llay United YFC under 8’s team in the Wrexham and District Youth Football League. He progressed through the age groups and finished his last season of Junior football in May of this year playing centre back for Coedpoeth under 16’s. After finishing junior football Tom started to train with Lex XI Football club who play in the Welsh National League and made his senior debut at 16 for the Lex XI first team when he came on as a substitute in the Welsh Cup Qualifying round 2.

As well as playing Tom is recognised as one of North East Wales up and coming referees. He qualified as a referee in 2011 and completed his first year as a referee in 2011/12 season, scoring one of the highest performance marks for the Youth League. His consistent performance throughout the season was rewarded with appointment to three cup finals back in May when he was an official at the under 12 league cup final at the Racecourse and also the NEWFA cup final and WDYFL Girls Cup final.

While studying for his GCSE at Castell Alun Tom took BTEC Sports, which he passed in September receiving the highest grade possible at Distinction Star, and as part of this qualification Tom started coaching for Llay United YFC as part of the clubs Mini-kicker session.

Tom passed his FAW football leaders award in November 2012 and at the age of 16 is currently on the FAW / UEFA C Licence course in Wrexham.Tom typically volunteers between 4 and 5 hours a week for Llay United with his typical week looking like:

  • Tuesday – Training at Lex XI
  • Thursday – Coaching Llay United Under 11’s
  • Friday – Coaching Llay United Mini-kickers
  • Saturday Morning – Refereeing in the Wrexham and District Youth Football League or Coaching Llay United U11’s
  • Saturday Afternoon – Playing for Lex XI in the Welsh National League
  • Sunday Morning – Helping run the Mini-football home fixture at Llay
  • Sunday Afternoon – Official in Women’s Premier league or Under 19s Premier League

In 2012 Tom won the North East Wales FA Young Volunteers Award and was a finalist in the Welsh Football Trust National Awards. He was also short-listed for the Wrexham Council Young Volunteer of the Year Award.Tom is currently studying for his A Levels at Castell Alun, where he is taking BTEC sport level three and hopes one day to find a job in sport.

Llay United Club Secretary – “Tom’s dedication to football is a perfect example of how young people can put something back into the community through sport as part of the MV50 program, from his preparation to his enthusiastic and energetic approach to delivering the session makes our mini-kickers sessions an enjoyable and fun place for our under 5’s to begin their football journey."

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