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Volunteers required at Armthorpe

12th May, 2016

Armthorpe Welfare are seeking committed volunteers to inject new life into the club and secure its continued future survival.

The club has a proud history having originally been formed in 1926 as part of the Colliery Social Welfare Scheme and ran until 1974.

After a two year recess, the club was reformed in 1976 and continues to this day, competing in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division (Step 5 on the FA National Pyramid).

A spokesperson said: "The hard truth of the matter is that, with its current volunteer numbers, the club's future is in serious danger and we urgently need people to come forward and help move the club forward.

"It's not all about football, we want people who want to capture that community spirit and be part of it, people who want to do something worthwhile, and enjoy football and everything it brings along the way.

"Our internet support is great - we have plenty of Twitter followers and Facebook friends, but now it's time for people to step up. If it doesn't happen, then who knows how much longer the club will even be here.

"We have a variety of roles available that are described below, but if you feel you have a particular skillset that may benefit the club, or be right for any committee role then please enquire with the details below."

In particular, the club would like to hear from people who are interested in the following:

Commercial/Sponsorship Manager
Responsible for securing sponsorship from local businesses and beyond to help meet the clubs running costs. You will need to be proactive and willing to approach businesses via email, telephone and in person asking them to sponsor us in a variety of ways. The club has various opportunities, including match day programme adverts, pitch side boards, match sponsor packages, kit sponsorship and any other way the commercial manager would like to bring forward. The commercial manager will be encouraged to be creative and other ideas for fundraising will be welcomed. They would also be happy should anyone want to come forward with a friend or business partner and want to work as a partnership, if the solo role does not appeal. There are already people working hard to raise funds for the club, and you will be expected to work with them.

There will be no pressure from the club, and no minimum targets set. You will also be supported by the club committee and assisted wherever possible. This is a voluntary role, but your expenses will be discussed when you apply. You would also be expected, after an introductory period, to join the club committee and attend one meeting per month.

Ideally you will have a degree of business acumen either having worked in business previously, or currently doing so thereby having good links to other business leaders and businesses in Doncaster. You will be confident and proactive and able to work on your own initiative. You will be results driven and keen to help a local community club.

Match Day Volunteers
People are required to attend their home matches and help with the general duties required on the day. There are far too many duties to list them all, but examples include stewarding (moving pitchside barriers at the appropriate times, ensuring players, officials and spectator safety), putting up/taking down nets, tidying equipment up, making tea/coffee, cleaning dressing rooms, fetching match balls, selling programmes and raffle tickets, etc.

These are roles currently undertaken by a small number of volunteers, but life can be made easier for everyone with a few extra pairs of hands. Spend a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening out at the football. Turn up about an hour before kick-off, take in the match for free, and stay behind for half an hour afterwards to help sort the ground out. Opportunities to join the club committee after successful introductory period.

Assistant Programme Editor
Responsible for collating and writing information and content for the club's match day programme for each home game. Following a specified format, you will update each edition and send to the programme editor to be finalised and printed. You must be able to work to deadlines, sometimes at short notice if a game is rearranged. You will also be responsible for keeping the club's programme information updated as required and send to each of our opponents in a timely manner for use in their match day programme. There is no cost to you as no printing is required. You must have access to internet, email and the Microsoft Office suite (preferably Microsoft Publisher included). Full training will be given, but some experience would be advantageous. There is no requirement to attend any games, all work can be done from home and all contact made by email, text and phone. However, you would be welcome to attend all home games free of charge if you wish. Estimated time commitment for the role is about 1-2 hours for each programme.

Main duties include attending all matches, assisting with player preparation and sitting in the dugout and attending to players picking up injuries during a match. You will be supported by first aid personnel for any serious injuries not treatable pitchside.

If your time commitments allow, you are free to expand the role to assist with player rehab for players with longer term injuries, but this is not a requirement. All agreed expenses incurred will be met by the club, and all essential equipment is provided. Ideally you will be a qualified physio, or student physio looking for experience with a sports club. Alternatively, we would still like to hear from people who hold a recognised first aid for sport qualification from the FA.

To discuss any of the roles above, or any roles not mentioned and to express your interest, please email the secretary at armthorpe.welfare@hotmail.co.uk.

Though there is no closing date set, bu the club would like to be able to show some progression before their next meeting in early June.

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Tadcaster Albion 42 98 69
2 Handsworth Parr 42 94 60
3 Cleethorpes Town 42 84 59
4 Worksop Town 42 83 58
5 Bridlington Town 42 79 29
6 Pickering Town 42 77 25
7 Maltby Main 42 68 8
8 Staveley MW 42 66 14
9 Rainworth MW 42 63 17
10 Barton Town Old Boys 42 62 15
11 Albion Sports 42 59 3
12 Thackley 42 59 -4
13 Clipstone 42 55 15
14 Liversedge 42 48 -32
15 Retford United 42 45 -30
16 Garforth Town 42 43 -25
17 Parkgate 42 42 -35
18 Athersley Rec 42 42 -41
19 Armthorpe Welfare 42 40 -37
R 20 Pontefract Collieries 42 39 -50
R 21 Brigg Town 42 37 -54
R 22 Nostell MW 42 26 -64
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Hemsworth MW 40 98 79
P 2 AFC Mansfield 40 86 58
P 3 Bottesford Town 40 82 44
4 AFC Emley 40 77 82
5 Penistone Church 40 75 40
6 Hallam 40 72 44
7 Shirebrook Town 40 69 30
8 Knaresborough 40 64 22
R 9 Hull United (-18) 40 58 31
10 Selby Town 40 57 0
11 Yorkshire Amateur 40 56 -11
12 Westella VIP 40 53 7
13 Eccleshill United 40 48 -4
14 Teversal 40 45 -28
15 Dronfield Town 40 43 -21
16 Glasshoughton Welf 40 37 -39
17 Hall Road Rangers 40 32 -46
18 Winterton Rangers 40 32 -58
19 Grimsby Borough 40 32 -68
20 Rossington Main 40 26 -60
21 Worsbrough Bridge 40 15 -102

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