Help Wanted !
We are coming to the end of National Volunteers Week, a dedicated week to shine a spotlight on those that give up their free time to help others. Grassroots sport relies heavily on volunteers with lots of roles available. Last week I announced that I was standing down from one of my Voluntary roles as Chair of Tooting & Mitcham United FC, a role I have held for the last two years.
Tell people you volunteer in football, and many will assume you coach or administrate a team but there are so many more roles. So, I thought I would take to opportunity to outline the variety of other roles that many Sports clubs have available outside of general coaching and administration.
Treasurer / accountant - Managing the finances and budgets. Fundraising - Helping to raise additional funding for the club, completing grant applications Events coordinator - Running, managing, organising club events. Marshals /stewards - Managing and controlling spectators on match days or at events. Hospitality – Serving and running tea bars, tuck shops, bars, board rooms. Marketing - Promoting the club, updating the website, social media etc.
Child welfare - Ensuring safeguarding practices are in place and followed. Leadership roles – Making sure the club is managed effectively.
Team / parent reps – Representing the views of players/ parents at meetings.
Reporter / Editor – Writing match reports, articles for website, programs, press.
Volunteer coordinator – Welcoming new volunteers, representing views, and allocating roles.
Volunteering is a great way to connect with people, expand your network, learn new skills and support your community. Time commitment can be varied but most clubs will work around your availability, especially if you have vital skills, they are lacking and some roles can be shared between people.
Interested? Get in touch with your local Sports club, they are likely to welcome you with open arms...