Get into Volunteering
Volunteer in Derbyshire
Grassroots football only exists due to the huge number of volunteers that are dedicated to providing opportunities for all. Secretaries, coaches and groundsmen are all volunteers that the game could not do without. They are the heartbeat of the beautiful game.
There are lots of benefits to volunteering, which include:
- Providing opportunities to your local community.
- Developing new friendships.
- Building up your CV.
- Developing yourself as a person.
The qualifications you need depend on what role you are fulfilling. Some roles, for example a youth team coach, require safeguarding checks to be completed such as an FA CRC. If you are planning on becoming a welfare officer for your club, there is further safeguarding training to go through before you can start in this role.
One way you can reward a club volunteer is to nominate them for DCFA Community Award. These are annual awards which are presented to the winners at our Annual Awards Evening. Nominations for these awards open towards the end of the playing season.
You may also want to look at the McDonald's Community Awards which you can nominate people for in February, March and the beginning of April each year. These winners are then entered into a regional award and if they win that, they are then entered for the national award which is often held at Wembley.
The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.