There are a substantial number of roles to be filled within a football club. The majority of these roles are done on a voluntary basis by committed people who ensure the livelihood of Australian Football at all levels.
The most important roles within a football club fall with the leadership of the management committee.
Below are example job descriptions of other roles available within a football club. Often a volunteer fills multiple roles.
Adapt these job descriptions to outline the requirements of various roles within your club and help guide people who are new to a role.
What tends to get in the way of developing an effective football club is the committee becomes a 'talking shop' and individual members fail to follow through on agreed actions. This can be very demoralising for everyone involved.
To counter this tendency, it's important you create a conscious culture of 'getting things done'. You might want to set up some basic ground rules for the committee and incorporate these into your handbook or standing orders. Here are some examples of culture statements you could work by:
No matter what your position is on the committee, itís vital you participate in enthusing and motivating your colleagues: it will help ensure the smooth running of the club, build trust and commitment and strengthen bonds between committee members to create a sense of camaraderie and kinship.
This will of course make being on the committee enjoyable and worthwhile and inspire members to sign up for another year, or coax their friends and family to also join.
Four key elements to enthusing your committee members are:
Empowering fellow committee members to actively contribute will build their motivation and enthusiasm for participating. Most volunteers join committees to use their skills or learn new ones, so make sure they get to do that:
Most committees are rewarded at the end of the year for their hard work. But get the year off to a good start by rewarding committee members at the beginning and throughout the season: