Introduction

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Volunteers are the backbone of grassroots football in Cumberland. If you are a Volunteer; without the time, dedication and commitment you and thousands of others demonstrate each and every week across our city, clubs and leagues would simply not exist. A football club or league is about more than just the players on the pitch.

Clubs and Leagues today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfil important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club/league will feature important backroom staff including fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection 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 Cumberland there are hundreds of adults who give up time to volunteer each year; over a quarter of which 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 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.