Football Queensland (FQ) has today launched the Volunteer Guide to assist clubs across the state in the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
“The Volunteer Guide is the latest example of Football Queensland delivering on its commitment to provide increased support to our clubs and dedicated volunteers at all levels of the game,” said FQ President Ben Richardson.
FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said the Guide was an important addition to FQ’s range of support services to clubs, particularly as Queenslanders adjust to football in the age of coronavirus.
“This clear, easy-to-read Guide focuses on three key areas including understanding volunteers, the role of volunteer coordinators and the ‘four R’s’: Recruitment, Retention, Recognition and Review,” said Cavallucci.
“At Football Queensland, we recognise that volunteers are the lifeblood of the game and vitally important to the ongoing growth of football throughout Queensland.
“Whether it be at a grassroots community club or one of the elite clubs in the National Premier Leagues Queensland, volunteers play a crucial role in club operations and making the world game Queensland’s most popular participation sport.
“However, research by Volunteering Australia suggests that an estimated two in three volunteers stepped away from their roles in 2020 due in part to COVID-19 restrictions.
“This only strengthens our resolve to meet our strategic objective to make working in football easier for those selfless clubmen and women who volunteer their time to run our clubs, manage our teams, referee our matches, staff our canteens and much more.
“As part of FQ’s Club Support Hub, the Volunteer Guide offers clubs practical assistance in building a strong foundation for volunteers to join, stay and encourage others to help.
“Volunteers have never been more crucial to sport and this Guide will help clubs grow the game throughout Queensland and make football the game of choice, for all, for life.”