Volunteer and Help at Darlington FC

 

Darlington FC is a Club with its roots at the heart of its local community. It should not be underestimated the role that Darlington FC plays on the lives of many different demographics of the town and surrounding areas, providing an interest and escape for many people.

 

Quaker Retail / Mr Q / Blackwell Meadows

 

The Club is run almost exclusively by a dedicated band of volunteers – without them we would struggle to operate at our current level. These volunteers run from our executive management board right through to our band of litter pickers on a matchday – all as important as each other to the function of our Club. Some are lifelong supporters of the Club – many are not, but all have a passion for 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.

Matchday Roles


These roles do generally appeal more to those who maybe aren’t as interested in watching all of the match (although the biggest perk is free entry + complimentary food & drink!) as some roles do require you to be away from the action for a certain time, they’re also generally less skilled than non-matchday roles. Matches are normally played on a Saturday at 3pm and finish at 5pm (we do have a small amount of midweek games usually played on a Wednesday at 7:45pm) and the matchday operation starts at 12pm and ends between 5.30pm & 7pm. Volunteers are generally required for 2-3 hours between these times. Maybe you’ve got a partner at home who doesn’t like football who is at a loose end while you’re at the game – bring them along and get them involved.


Example roles: Stewards, Turnstile Operators, Programme & Ticket Sellers, Photographers, Ballgirls (and boys of course), 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

 

Non-Matchday Roles


These are typically more 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, Web & Graphic Design, 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. You can contact us using the form below and someone will be in touch to further discuss how you might get involved.