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.
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)
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.
Sat, 19th October, 3pm