Within clubs there are usually parents who have children in their team that may be open to volunteering, but typically either need support in developing their confidence to do so or need more information around what this would involve and what they would be committing to.
It is advised that at various points of the season, to host a parents evening or get togethers where parents are invited to attend an evening at the club to connect with other parents, have some food, and most importantly give the club the opportunity to inform and explain about what volunteering at the club looks like and what support is in place to guide them in the position. Having a current volunteer at the club speak on the evening and share why they got into it, what their experience has been like, and why they would encourage others to get involved, can be really inspiring and motivational to those seeking to get involved.
Alternatively, some best practice from clubs across Kent have shared how they capture information via player registration forms at the start of a season, capturing information from parents and carers around their occupation and time which they may have available to volunteer within the club.
In addition, at Kent FA we have a team of Community Champions and Equal Game Ambassadors who can deliver ‘Stepping Over The Sidelines’ workshops to aid this transition into volunteering and support the growth or/and introduction into female football. If you are interested in getting access to these workshops in your club, get in touch with us today at Development@KentFA.com