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getting involved at woodside FC
Club Roles and Volunteering
Like most football clubs, we rely on parents volunteering to help - from team management to tea making, there’s lots of ways that you can help the smooth running of the club. Some of the bigger roles within the team require a lot of time and dedication, which is often not feasible in today’s busy world. However, it’s often the simple things that make the difference; for example you might have a particular skill or interest that could be valuable to the club for an hour or so each week or at a particular time of the year, for example team promotional events.
We have ambitious plans for the future of Woodside and as we grow in numbers during the next few years, we will need more volunteers to step forward to help with specific roles. In the next year we want to open every position within the Club to anyone who is enthusiastic to help, particularly positions on the Club’s Management Team (which is currently made up of ‘self-elected’ volunteers).
We believe that doing this will help the Club be future focussed, encourage new and exciting ideas, identify opportunities to promote and grow the Club and inspire a fresh new approach about how a modern youth football team could operate.
If you think you have time or a skill that would benefit the Club in any way, please let one of the Club officials know and we can arrange to have a chat!
Overview of key roles
One of the most important positions at Woodside is a Team Manager. Colts players in year 2 at school will be preparing and training to become official Woodside Players as an ‘Under 8s’ team the following season. This is when they will be entered into the MKDDL League and start playing competitive matches, both home and away.
This is a massive step up for the players and requires a huge amount of effort to mobilise the team and prepare for the challenge. Key to this is the appointment of a Team Manager during their final Colts year. The Team Manager is often a volunteer parent or relative of one of the players in the team. The role requires dedication, passion, enthusiasm, leadership and, most importantly, the desire to help every player in the team achieve their full potential.
The Manager is responsible for all footballing decisions, from team selection to tactical formations and training sessions.
ASSISTANT MANAGER / COACH
The Assistant Manager / Coach role is not essential but strongly recommended for each team. This role is predominantly there to support the Team Manager on all footballing matters, from player coaching to deputising for the Team Manager if they are not available. Managing a team is more time consuming than you imagine so it’s good to share the load and have another person to bounce ideas off!
The Communications Manager is often a parent or relative of a player; the role is well suited to someone who has exceptional planning and organisational skills and a willingness to get stuck in and perform all sorts of activities! The primary role is to support the Team Manager and Assistant Manager in all non-footballing activities within the team and be a one point of contact between the Club and parents. It involves organising matches, registering players, keeping track of team finances and ensuring that all players get to the right place at the right time for the Team Manager to take over and let the boys play football!
The Communications Manager is also responsible for the running of the team’s Facebook group and communicating to parents about events, training and matches on a regular basis.
A Team Manager requires dedication, passion, enthusiasm, leadership and, most importantly, the desire to help every player in the team achieve their full potential. The Manager is responsible for all footballing decisions, from team selection to tactical formations and training sessions.
A TEAM MANAGER 2016