The days of people giving up their time to volunteer at their child’s local sporting club are numbered. People are starting to run out of time to help at their local club and it has shown its cost across the board.
Years ago, clubs would be able to count on their volunteers to help the administrators and those “in charge” to complete basic duties here and there. However, as time goes on people are doing less and less of this.
Coomera Soccer Club has on of the biggest clubs on the Gold Coast number wise. The club has grown leaps and bounds in recent years with the area undergoing a rapid expansion in family numbers.
Helen Falcone, administrator for the club, began her time in 2006 as a team manager.
“I started just as a team manager and then began helping in other areas around the club. I always used to believe that if everyone gave an hour of their time to help out in any way the clubs would benefit,” said Falcone.
The club faced challenging periods towards the 2010 season but a return to the reigns by Falcone and a number of great people was enough to salvage the clubs current position today.
Although her love for football is strong and the desire to assist is burning, there are always going to be challenges along the way.
“We constantly have to adjust to the changes being made across the board within administrative procedures and systems. At the end of the day the main aim for us is to put players on the park.”
What does Falcone think the key to running a successful club is?
“A club of any size is just like running a small business. You have to do your best to get in as many good coaches and volunteers as you can to help train and guide the players,” said Falcone.
With the growing numbers at the club, the administrative side of the club has become a full time role and requires a lot of help on a daily basis.
Falcone has one piece of advice for anyone wanting to help out and begin their journey at their club.
“Get in and give it a go. You would be amazed at how much you can learn and how valuable your assistance can be. We all have skills and knowledge that can help out and you can make some great friends along the way.”