People who make the game what it is today
Football wouldn't happen if parents, teachers and other people didn't give up their time to organise training and games for children. It is important for every football club to have volunteers with the right skills, abilities and attitude. As the saying goes 'many hands make light work'. In grassroots football, volunteers can take on a variety of roles depending on their strengths and the time they can offer. Here are some of the roles that could be undertaken.
- Organising teams
- Organising transport
- First aid
- Organising kit and equipment
- Publicity and fundraising
Benefits of Volunteering
The benefits and rewards of volunteering are enromous. Primarily, of course, you will be helping children to play football but this makes you part of a team which itself, introduces the feel-good factor and gives you the chance to socialise. There are many other practical benefits as well, from assistance with funding for coaching courses to access to proper kit.
Examples of best practice in recruiting volunteers
Of course, recruiting volunteers, while very worthwhile, comes with its own responsibilities and requirements. Here are some of the things you may consider in order to do it properly.
- Identify the role and describe it, including whether it is paid or unpaid.
- Specify the sort of person you are looking for including any skills, experience and attitude.
- Place clear and appropriately worded adverts in the local area.
- Use a basic application form.
- Interview the shortlisted candidates
- Make sure they have been DBS checked.
There are many different reasons why people volunteer from wanting to give something back to the community to learning new skills and keeping active. Retaining volunteers and making them feel a part of your club or organisation can be a real challenge. Here are a couple of ways you can recognise the contribution your volunteers make to your club:
- MV50 Sport - The Welsh Football Trust holds 'MV Award Status' which allows us to reward the achievement of young volunteers within the grassroots game. Volunteering can be by any 14-25 year old in Wales related to any physical activity – for instance, volunteering by organising a football competition is as eligible as coaching the team. Whether you are a looking for a volunteer placement or you currently volunteer within the game and would like to be recognised the process could not be easier. Please access the Millennium Volunteer website for further details.
- Welsh Community Football Awards - Each year the Welsh Football Trust recognises the true grassroots heroes who make the game happen right across Wales on a weekly basis. Those within the game are encouraged to nominate someone within 10 categories who will then be shortlisted for by six regional panels. These winners are then put forward to a national award shortlisting panel. The winners will be invited to attend the Welsh Community Football Awards presented by McDonald's. For information on last year's winners and details on how to nominate please click here.