Volunteers are the backbone of grassroots football. Without the time, dedication and commitment from the estimated 400,000 volunteers in England, the 37,000 clubs would simply not exist. A football club is about more than just the players on the pitch.
The FA recognises the value of volunteers in running and developing football at every level, and through its Football Workforce programme will:
- Support and develop existing volunteers
- Recruit more volunteers into football
- Recognise and reward volunteers.
The Football Workforce is a programme of information, ideas and support that can help to provide some practical solutions to everyday volunteering problems. Through this website and the downloadable guides, you will find useful information to support your club to identify roles, recruit people, reward and retain volunteers.
Clubs today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection officer and a chairperson to oversee the club’s constitution, as well as the frontline first aiders to act as physiotherapists and team coaches.
All FA Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club. Further information is provided in the download below.
Volunteers are people who willingly give their time and effort without financial reward. There should be no barriers to being involved and some roles can be undertaken without even leaving the house.
In the UK there are 22 million adults who give up time to volunteer each year, of which over one quarter are involved in sport. There are many benefits to getting involved in football as a volunteer. These include:
- learning new skills
- helping others and giving something back into sport
- becoming part of a team and meeting new people
- to do something different to the day job
- to build self-confidence.
Most volunteers already have a link with the club, be it a parent, grandparent, friend, former player or sponsor. Through committing time and effort to running the club, volunteers will play a major role in giving players the opportunity to enjoy football each week – and should feel rightly proud of the contribution they make.