- Your club can only stay alive and indeed grow if you have a good team of volunteers who each got relevant skills and, indeed, a positive attitude
- Clubs which are run by the same people year after year tend to stagnate due to lack of new thinking and passion
- If you only look for volunteers the same places you always have done you will, of course, not get new people and thinking coming into your club
- You must have a plan in place for recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers…it doesn’t happen by itself
- Clubs that are ‘drifting’ without any direction find it much more difficult to attract and retain volunteers, because no one really knows what they are supposed to be doing
- Good volunteers do not want to become involved with internal club politics…they just want to get in with their specific role within the club
- People volunteer because they want to make a difference to the club and they want to enjoy themselves and belong
You can achieve this by:
Stop believing that ‘people do not want to volunteer’. It is a myth and frankly often an excuse for not following changing the mindset within the club and follow the advice given in this Guide
- Do say ‘thank you’
- Do not always ask the same people…ask people with the skills you need and not just somebody because they are there!
- Regard volunteer management as important as coaching the first team, getting funding for your schools programme or securing the services of the best junior coach
- Asking specific people to help the club with their specific skills
- Have fun!