Volunteers are the backbone of grassroots football. Without the time, dedication and commitment from the estimated 400,000 volunteers in England, the 37,000 clubs would simply not exist. A football club is about more than just the players on the pitch.
Stockton Town are no different to any other Club in the country in that we rely heavily on our committed volunteer workforce. Stockton Town will support any individual from the community thats wishes to become involved with the Club and we are actively looking to:
- Support and develop existing volunteers
- Recruit more volunteers into football
- Recognise and reward volunteers.
Clubs such as Stockton Town require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help us operate and develop. As an FA Charter Standard Community Club we have our own Football Development Officer whose role it is to recruit, develop, and support volunteers in their Coaching aims and ambitions.
Volunteers are people who willingly give their time and effort without financial reward. There are no barriers at Stockton Town to being involved and some roles can be undertaken without even leaving the house.
In the UK there are 22 million adults who give up time to volunteer each year, of which over one quarter are involved in sport. There are many benefits to getting involved in football as a volunteer. These include:
- learning new skills
- benefitting their local community
- 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, be it a parent, grandparent, friend, former player or sponsor. Through committing time and effort to running the club, 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 like what you have read and feel that you would like to get involved at Stockton Town we would be delighted to hear from you. Get in touch with us via the “Contacts” link on the home page.