It is a common misconception that a team consists of 14 players, without the help of volunteers who willingly give up their time, the teams simply wouldn’t function. Every year these unsung heroes can be nominated to win an FA Community Award sponsored by McDonalds. These awards are aimed at those who don’t normally get recognised for the work they do, this can be as a chairman, secretary, treasurer or coaches.
Volunteers are those who will go the extra mile to ensure everyone has access to football. If you are considering volunteering within football then below are some of the benefits:
- Learning new skills
- Helping others and giving something back
- Becoming part of a team and meeting new people
- To try something new
- Build self-confidence
There are many different roles a volunteer can play within a club, other than coaching. Clubs have a committee structure which requires dedicated individuals.
If you currently volunteer with a club and require some help, then why not check out ‘Your Game’. This resource is tailored to individuals who may require some help to ease to pressures of volunteering.
The Gloucestershire FA also holds courses that are useful for volunteers, these can be found by clicking HERE.
If you require some additional advice, then you can contact the Gloucestershire FA Football Development Team on 01454 615888 (option 3) who are always willing to help.