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1. Introduction

Successful sports clubs are more than just victorious teams on the pitch. Players and coaches are vitally important but so are the many dedicated volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to help the club function.

You don't have to be a football expert to get involved. Whether you're a current player, someone who has hung up their boots or a person who has never kicked a ball, you could be a valued volunteer.

There are opportunities for everyone to help. Whatever skills you can offer, however much – or little – time you can spare, we need you, whatever you think you can do. This could be for a specified role and regular time commitment, it could be for a periodic but less frequent contribution, it could be to help with a one-off event, or it might even be just to be on hand with a little advice from time to time.

As an unincorporated members association, Pride Park FC is a club run by members (who are all volunteers) for its members. In the majority of cases this means a parent of one of our players, and we inevitably look to parents (or players in the case of older teams) to provide help or to volunteer for our teams to be sustainable, but volunteers from outside of our current membership are especially welcome.

“Volunteering” covers a very broad spectrum of roles and tasks, from recognised roles on the Committee, to informal and unofficial help at team level – so the coaches can get on with coaching and making the players’ experience of training and matches as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.