Football cannot run without volunteers and the dedication of those who give their time should be recognised. It is important for every club and league to reward the work of their volunteers and promote their efforts to other club members.
Through the promotion of the work of volunteers and the importance of their role within your club, you can help to identify new members willing to offer their time. There will always be a natural turnover of volunteers as many are parents of players who may leave the club, so it is vital to ensure you backfill roles. By promoting volunteering in your club’s communications and recognising contributions at matches and social events, you will raise the profile of the importance of this dedication.
This promotion will also recognise the contribution made by existing volunteers. It is important to show these members that their commitment is appreciated, in order to ensure they are happy in their role and to retain their services.
The FA, in partnership with McDonald’s host The FA Community Awards, to give wide scale media exposure to volunteering in football. Staged at The FA Community Shield, the Awards ceremony recognises volunteers through an Outstanding Contribution Award, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year Awards as well as league and club Awards. Winners receive prizes for their club, personal trophies and tickets for their team to attend the match. The winners are also showcased during the match on the big screen, perimeter boards and at half-time on the pitch.
As The FA’s Volunteer Partner, McDonald’s has committed itself to helping to support and raise the profile of volunteering in football over the 2010-14 period. This follows on from McDonald’s role as the presenting partner of the Games Maker volunteers at the 2012 London Olympic Games.