Volunteers are the backbone of grassroots football in Somerset. If you are a Volunteer, without the time, dedication and commitment you and thousands of others demonstrate each and every week. Clubs and leagues would simply not exist.
Somerset FA recognises the value of volunteers in running and developing football at every level, and through the Somerset FA programme of courses, in-service and CPD events will:
- Support and develop existing volunteers
- Recruit more volunteers into football
- Recognise and reward volunteers
Clubs and Leagues today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club/league will feature important backroom staff including fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare officer and a chairperson to oversee the organisations constitution, as well as the frontline first aiders and team coaches. Because we recognise the importance and value of Volunteers, our FA Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club.
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 Somerset there are thousands of adults and young people who give up time to volunteer each year. There are many benefits to getting involved in football as a volunteer.
- 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 or league they help to support. This could be a parent, grandparent, friend, former player or sponsor. Through committing time and effort to running the club or league, 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.
If you are a volunteer and looking to develop your skills and knowledge, or if you are looking to get into volunteering within football please contact us at Somerset FA.