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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 to include a brief explanation of each.

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Pedro Viveiros12
“I applied for the Hampshire FA Young Persons Forum (YPF) and was voted in by the other members to be the Workforce Officer. We had to re-apply for our roles in the second year and again I was accepted, this time as Vice-Chair which was a more senior role within the group. After I finished my Sport Development & Coaching Sciences degree at Bournemouth University, I was looking to progress my career within sport. The Adult Male Football Development Officer  (FDO) role came up at Hampshire FA and I applied for it not thinking twice. Today I am the Adult Male FDO. It just goes to show, the more you put in as a volunteer, you really can reap the rewards and it can be fantastic for your career"
- Pedro Viveiros, Hampshire FA Adult Male FDO Volunteer opportunities


Choose your role - Clubs

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.

Other roles

A fairly new and modern role, a Development Officer may work with coaches to develop a strategy that looks to develop players or enhance a club's own development, i.e. creation of an SSE Wildcats Centre. The Development Officer may even look to work more closely with the county FA, identify strategies and ways to develop.

The Event Coordinator oversees the smooth running of the events as hosted by a club and/or league, ensuring all operations and practices are followed by the team supporting the events whilst providing clear, coherent and concise actions - an Event Coordinator must be someone with good time management, good planning, preparation and organisation skills together with good communication skills as this role has a lot of responsibility depending on its size. The Event Coordinator has a list of different responsibilities including ensuring that there is an event 'action plan' created which lists out all of the requirements (a to do list if you will of everything that is needed for that event), which can then be broken down into sizeable chunks to make it more manageable for them and their team.

A RESPECT Ambassador champions Respect and may act as a visual guide, even taking on the role of a match-day steward, promoting and enhancing the presence of the FA's Respect programme within a club or league environment. A RESPECT Ambassador may work closely with the club welfare officer to identify ways in which the Respect programme can further be embedded into a the club or league. 

This role manages and/or assists members in the Tea Hut to also include the sales of beverages, cakes and sweets and potentially even hot food sales and preparation. The role requires good customer service skills as it is public-facing with spectators. Some clubs may even have a committee to serve the food and drinks too as well. 

To support the marketing, media and manage social media accounts and strategies. This role is diverse and provides lots of different avenues. 

The Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager may oversee the sponsors of the club or league, may actively seek sponsorship for the club or league or the role may look at hosting a range of different events and initiatives in the year designed to put back money in the club or league which can be used for developmental purposes. If a club has a thriving sponsorship programme, it would be the duty of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager to manage those agreements (Service Level Agreements) and ensure that the club and/or league are adhering to the terms as part of the agreement and providing value for money as part of the agreement.

Choose your role - Leagues

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.

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