If you have stumbled across Gungahlin United’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts, then you would have seen the handiwork of Kailey Tonini. From updating friends and family of scores around the grounds, notifying teams of ground closures due to wet weather or engaging participants during the temporary suspension of football, Kailey is the hardworking volunteer behind the scene.
Kailey joined Gungahlin United in 2018 and has cemented her spot as one of the best goalkeepers in the NPLW, but it is her skills off the field that have impressed the most.
“Leanne [Shea Langdown] asked me to be a part of our social media team at the end of last year which has been a great experience,” she shared. “I have always had a passion for sharing stories and I have the skillset so I volunteered to handle social media, some photography, and any design jobs the club needs.
“There are arguments for and against social media but at the end of the day, I think it is a really important tool to communicate.”
Volunteering with the club has been its own reward for Kailey and she encouraged other young people to volunteer at their local club.
“I would encourage anybody, especially young people, to identify that they have skills that their club could benefit from,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be traditional skills of working in the canteen or managing a team, it could be photography, videography, or anything in the digital space.
“Our club exists because of our volunteers so I would encourage anyone that loves the game to get involved.”