The return of football is just around the corner, with players in all age groups excited about getting back on the fields. But as we know, organising teams, coaches and game day doesn’t happen on its own.
Volunteers are the backbone of our local football clubs and we wouldn’t succeed without them.
Now, more than ever, your club needs YOU.
Any time you can spare would be appreciated. It could be a few hours or just an hour here or there.
There are ‘usual’ roles at clubs – committee members, various coordinator roles, working in the canteen and helping set up or pack up fields, just to name a few.
But there are new roles too, to ensure that football returns in a safe environment. Your role could be as simple as communicating with other parents, reminding spectators of social distancing, directing people or encouraging good hygiene.
We are only asking for any time you can spare. It doesn’t have to be a whole day.
Nearly 30 years ago, I volunteered for my first club in Canberra. I had relocated from NSW and didn’t know many people outside work.
I joined a women’s team and they needed a delegate to attend the Women’s Soccer Canberra meetings. I had spare time so I volunteered. It was a good way to meet new people and find out more about how the club and association worked.
Over the years, I’ve been involved in football, volunteering as a club administrator, coach, referee and canteen manager. My love of football and readiness to help where needed has led me to my latest volunteer role as Chair of Capital Football.
For me, volunteering, whether it be at my local club or with Capital Football, is my way of contributing to my community where help is needed most. I get joy and satisfaction in giving back to a sport and club that has given me some of the best times of my life.
I encourage you to offer your time to support your local football club, particularly during these challenging times. Our game, and your local club, needs you.
If you can volunteer your time, please fill out this form and your club will be in touch shortly.
Many hands make light work!
Capital Football Chair