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Volunteers

THE LIFEBLOOD AT THE HEART OF OUR BEAUTIFUL GAME

Parents, grandparents, friends or former players...are you some of the amazing individuals, braving all weather conditions to turn up and support your club? 

Without the time, dedication and commitment Volunteers demonstrate each and every week across our county, Clubs and Leagues would simply not exist. A Football Club or League is more than just the players on the pitch.

If you're part of a club or league and it feels you have too much to do it's time to be looking to recruit volunteers.

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.

Clubs today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection officer and a chairperson to oversee the club's constitution, as well as the frontline first-aiders to act as physiotherapists and team coaches.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01256 853000
(8:30am - 5:15pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Info@HampshireFA.com

The FA

football workforce

FA Charter Standard clubs now require a Volunteer Co-ordinator  to recruit, retain and reward and support volunteers in their club.

Support is available on The FA's website to include downloadable documents including: the Volunteer Coordinator role, developing the workforce guidance, blank roles & responsibilities template, support and assessing guidance documents. 


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.

The FA recognises the value of volunteers in running and developing football at every level, and through its Football Workforce programme will:

  • Support and develop existing volunteers
  • Recruit more volunteers into football
  • Recognise and reward volunteers.

The Football Workforce is a programme of information, ideas and support that can help to provide some practical solutions to everyday volunteering problems. Through this website and the downloadable guides, you will find useful information to support your club to identify roles, recruit people, reward and retain volunteers.

Clubs today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection officer and a chairperson to oversee the club’s constitution, as well as the frontline first aiders to act as physiotherapists and team coaches.

All FA Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club. Further information is provided in the download below.

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.

The FA recognises the value of volunteers in running and developing football at every level, and through its Football Workforce programme will:

  • Support and develop existing volunteers
  • Recruit more volunteers into football
  • Recognise and reward volunteers.

The Football Workforce is a programme of information, ideas and support that can help to provide some practical solutions to everyday volunteering problems. Through this website and the downloadable guides, you will find useful information to support your club to identify roles, recruit people, reward and retain volunteers.

Clubs today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection officer and a chairperson to oversee the club’s constitution, as well as the frontline first aiders to act as physiotherapists and team coaches.

All FA Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club. Further information is provided in the download below.

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.

The FA recognises the value of volunteers in running and developing football at every level, and through its Football Workforce programme will:

  • Support and develop existing volunteers
  • Recruit more volunteers into football
  • Recognise and reward volunteers.

The Football Workforce is a programme of information, ideas and support that can help to provide some practical solutions to everyday volunteering problems. Through this website and the downloadable guides, you will find useful information to support your club to identify roles, recruit people, reward and retain volunteers.

Clubs today require a varied number of volunteers to fulfill important roles to help them operate and develop. A well-run club should feature the backroom staff of a fixtures secretary, fundraisers, a welfare/child protection officer and a chairperson to oversee the club’s constitution, as well as the frontline first aiders to act as physiotherapists and team coaches.

All FA Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club. Further information is provided in the download belo

Volunteer FAQs

As much time as you would like. Some roles can be carried out with as little as an hour a week, so there’s definitely a role out there for you!

Check out our volunteering opportunities page for a list of clubs and leagues looking for volunteers.

Volunteers can be as young as 12 when young leaders can complete the Junior Football Leaders course.

Here are a few options available for you:

Sport & Recreation UK - Create a free club profile on the largest sport volunteer database (Join in UK) and advertise your opportunities, all FOR FREE. There have been many success stories in Hampshire, more notably with Jubilee 77 Youth FC. Get started with a free profile here.

Sport and Recreation UK – volunteering here and promote voluntary vacancies at the club as well.

Do-It.Org -  Another volunteer recruitment website is Do-It.Org. Recruit volunteers for your not-for-profit organisation. Click here to get started with a free profile.

Send your adverts to Hampshire FA - We will help you advertise on our Volunteering Opportunities page and/or on our Noticeboard page. Send them to Isabella Pearson, Marketing & Communications Manager.

We have our very own advert templates which you can advertise on; we'd be happy to get these sent to you to complete with all the information you require. The adverts also fit the dimensions of social media advertisements (Twitter & Facebook), making it easier for us to share these across our channels. 

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.

Most volunteering roles in grassroots football clubs can be undertaken with no experience. The only roles where there is a requirement for qualifications are where there is constant contact with youth players (Under 18 and below), such as a coach, manager, physio and welfare officer.

GET INTO VOLUNTEERING

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

  • Building your CV
  • Making new friends from all walks of life
  • Working as a team towards a goal
  • Providing opportunities in the local community
  • Personal development

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