“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
Elizabeth Andrew, OBE
Raiders has grown over the years to become one of the most successful youth football clubs in the country – FA Community Club of the Year in 2014, the Silver Award for UEFA European Grassroots Club of the Year in 2015 and Herts FA Community Club of the Year in 2017.
We now have around 1,000 boys and girls in 80 teams plus Senior, Ladies, Walking Football and Inclusive Football sections. Victims of our own success, perhaps?
The Club is run by unpaid volunteers – 7 Trustees, 18 Committee Members, an army of Age Group Coordinators, team managers, assistant managers, match day delegates… supported by a part-time, paid for Club Administrator.
As the club grows, the pressure on our volunteer “management team” increases. So…. We’re always looking for some additional help with running the Club…. whether you’re an existing Manager, Assistant Manager, or Age Group Coordinator (who may have some additional time to spare…) or you’re a Raiders parent who’d like to give some time to helping run the Club.
We would particularly like to involve some parents from the younger age groups whom we hope will be with the Club for some time.
We are actively seeking to fill two roles – one unpaid and one paid:
Club Welfare Officer Role – Volunteer
Berkhamsted Raiders is seeking to add a second Club Welfare Officer role to look after the welfare responsibilities for the Raiders boys teams. The role and responsibilities of the post are set out in the roles and responsibilities document. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about this important role in the Club should contact Steven Slater, the Trustee Board member for Welfare, at sslater2(AT)hotmail.com or call him on 07544 998117.
Pitches and Facilities Officer – Part time, Paid role
The Club is seeking an individual in a paid role to take on the responsibility of ensuring that our grass pitches are maintained to the highest standard, to handle the allocation of pitches for home games and coordinate the maintenance of pitches at our various playing locations. We estimate that during the season the number of hours ranges from 3 hours to 10 hours per week with an average of around 5 hours. It would suit a Raiders parent (or grandparent?) who has some spare time to commit to this paid role during the season. Download the role and responsibilities document.
How much time?
How much have you got? Seriously… it depends on the role. Most of the positions are not onerous. Some will have a peak in workload at specific times of the season; others may just require a few hours per month. Here are the areas in which we are always looking for help.
Pitch and Facilities Officers
Ian Sayle, our Facilities Officer, undertakes a multitude of tasks within Raiders (and as a Committee Member for the West Herts Youth League.) We want to reduce his workload and bring in some additional help. Specifically, we need help with:
- The weekly task of scheduling home games on pitches around Berkhamsted. This role could be split, depending on the response. e.g. a Pitch Scheduler for U7-U10 boys, a Pitch Scheduler for the older age groups, a Pitch Scheduler for girls.
- Liaison with schools and other venues on the arrangements for maintenance and use of their facilities.
- Liaison with our Purchasing Team on the provision of equipment needed for our pitches.
Mary Pacitti is our Club Welfare Officer. With the increase in numbers, we need to appoint a second Welfare officer to share the workload. Specifically, we need someone to take on the essential role of ensuring our compliance with FA rules on the certification of everyone involved with children. i.e. all managers must have completed a Criminal Records Check, FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification, a First Aid Course and Safeguarding Children workshop. Most of the work is undertaken pre-season when we update the records for all managers and ensure that we are compliant. During the season, the role involves monitoring compliance and assisting Mary with any complaints and respect issues that arise. (Very few at Raiders!) Paul Ellery has undertaken the compliance role in recent seasons.
Sabia Morrison has taken on the responsibility of Events Officer for Raiders. But she’d welcome some help with organising the various Raiders events that happen each year – e.g. Tournaments, Presentation Events.
Of course you are!
If you’re interested in helping the Club with any of these roles, please drop Keith Pollard, Club Chairman – chairman(AT)berkhamstedraiders.com – or Andy Grindrod, Football Committee Chairman – footballchairman(AT)berkhamstedraiders.com – an email we can provide you with more information.