Darlington FC is a Club with its roots at the heart of its local community. The role that Darlington FC plays in the lives of many different groups of people across the town cannot be underestimated and it provides interest, passion and enjoyment for thousands of supporters.
The Club is run almost exclusively by a dedicated band of volunteers – without them we would struggle to operate at our current level. All volunteers are as important as each other to the function of our Club. Some are lifelong supporters of the Club, others are not, but all have a passion to be part of something that makes a positive impact on the lives of others.
Volunteering can be extremely rewarding and is a great way to meet new people and put your skills to use for the greater good. At Darlington FC it comes in all shapes and sizes.
Matches are normally played on a Saturday at 3pm and finish at 5pm (we do have a small amount of midweek games played on a Wednesday at 7:45pm) and the matchday operation starts at 12pm and ends at 6pm. Volunteers are generally required for 2-3 hours between these times. Maybe you’ve got a partner at home who is at a loose end while you’re at the game – bring them along and get them involved.
A particularly important area of need is to recruit a group of volunteers who can make themselves available to put on and take off the pitch covers during winter months, when the need arises. The decision to cover the pitch is largely dictated by the weather forecast and typically, for a Saturday game, the pitch would need to be covered on Friday afternoon and the covers removed on Saturday morning. Each of these operations would take between 2-3 hours.
Example roles: Pitch covers crew, Stewards, Turnstile Operators, Programme & Ticket Sellers, Photographers, Ballboys/girls, Clean-up Crew.
Example skills: Organisation, co-ordination, customer service, crowd control (we do offer on the job training if needed and in some cases even a qualification)
"After leaving work I had some spare time so I originally volunteered to help in the office on matchdays in 2012. I wasn't into watching football but was aware that volunteers were needed behind the scenes and thought my 35 years of banking experience could be utilised by handling gate receipts and reconciling takings. I now also help at Quaker Retail and with DFCSG membership and fundraising admin. I enjoy the social interaction with the different people I meet." Angela Raper - Matchday volunteer/Quaker Retail
These roles are typically skilled or semi-skilled and of course have the benefit of being able to help out whilst also not having to miss a minute of the action. These roles are very wide ranging and would be similar to those found in any business. From time to time we will have specific positions in the organisation to fill and we’ll formally advertise these. If you have submitted an interest in a certain area but there are no current roles available, we’ll hold your details and contact you when a relevant position becomes available.
Example roles and skills: Branding, PR & Comms, Media & Marketing, Business Development, Website Design and Administration, Project Management, Supporter Services, Ticketing, Retail, Volunteer Co-ordination, Data & Analytics, Creatives.
“As a fan of the Club the opportunity to get involved and offer my graphic design expertise was a no-brainer. I get to help the Club I support and in return get the opportunity to showcase my talents to prospective clients. It’s a win-win situation.” Ryan Jones – Volunteer Graphic Designer @ ryxnfx.co.uk
We’re building a great team on and off the pitch and are always on the lookout for individuals who can help so if you the time and drive to help and be rewarded as a result then we’d love to hear from you. We are currently putting together a range of volunteer incentives as a mark of our gratitude for the tremendous work our volunteers do.
You can contact us by using the form below and Joanne Cameron, our Volunteer Liaison Officer, will be in contact with you.