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 CRB checked.