Volunteers are responsible for the vast majority of duties at any football club. There are lots of different roles required to run a football club, from physical roles such as coach, to behind the scenes roles such as secretary.
Below are some of the roles that you can get involved in and a brief explanation of their responsibilities. Remember - this is not an exhaustive list and there are loads of other ways you can get involved and help!
The role of a chairperson is to oversee the running of the club/league and ensure that it is run efficiently and managed appropriately. They will lead club/league meetings and provide leadership in all areas such as club tournaments, etc.
The treasurers role will be to ensure that the club stays financially sustainable, pay all expenses, and collect any monies owed to the club.
The Secretary is one of the most important roles in a club or league. The main point of contact for the county, team managers and clubs/leagues, the Secretary will look after the administrative duties for the club/league.
The fixtures secretary will be in charge of organising pitches for home games, and ensuring that the club’s teams can play all of their games.
All teams will require a manager to organise the team for fixtures, lead the team on matchdays, and organise training. In many cases, the manager will also be responsible for coaching the team, helping them develop their ability.
The club welfare officer ensures that the club operates a safe, child friendly environment and promotes good practice in line with the club’s Child Protection Policy.
Clubs also often require help with:
- Social media coordinator (twitter and facebook updates)
- Catering and refreshments
- Marking pitches and setting up nets
- Coaching and assistant coaching
The league player registration secretary will sign on all of the players for teams in the league to ensure that players are able to play. Depending on the size of some leagues, there may be multiple volunteers undertaking this role, each responsible for certain age groups.
The league fixtures secretary organises fixtures for the teams in the league. In some leagues, there may be multiple fixture secretaries, each responsible for certain age groups.