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Volunteering Case Study – Brickfield Rangers, Wrexham
BOOMING FOOTBALL CLUB IS TOP OF THE LEAGUE AT ATTRACTING
A booming football club in Wrexham is top of the league when it comes to signing
Brickfield Rangers boasts an enviable club structure, with more than 400
youngsters and 70 seniors regularly turning out for the side. But it’s their prowess
in turning parent spectators into willing volunteers that’s scored their biggest
When registering their children, parents are actively asked to identify what support
they can give to the Club. That could be as a committee member, managing a
team, writing newsletters or simply being involved on match days.
And that proactive approach has led to 70 volunteers regularly rolling up their
sleeves to pitch in, with organisers always on the lookout for new ways to recruit
more. One of the key ingredients to their success is the simple addition of a
question in their ‘Player and parent’ membership form that asks parents directly
how they could contribute to the running of the club.
Brickfield Rangers Club Secretary, John Nuthall said:
“There’s no secret formula to our success in getting parents to pitch in and lend a
hand. It’s a simple case of just asking whether they can spare some time to help.
We quite often find that most of the parents who come along week in, week out to
give their kids a chance to play football are only too willing to give something back
to the club.
“They can see how much enjoyment their kids get out of the club, when they come
away smiling and happy, so it’s only natural that they would want to help keep that
feel good factor going. So we employ a ‘use it or lose it’ policy, which means if we
don’t ask parents up front if they can help then we might lose out on having more
dedicated volunteers at our club.”
Mike Derosa is a volunteer coach for the Under 10s team. He said: “It’s very
satisfying seeing the development of the players. The reason I coach here is to see
the kids develop, get results in the games and to see them put in a good
performance. You’re just doing your bit to help the kids along.”
Joshua Mullen, 9, has been playing for the Rangers for five years, under the
watchful eye of his dad Simon, who is also a volunteer coaches for the Under 12s.
Joshua said: “My dad’s friend used to work here and he showed my dad it and he
thought it was the right club, so that’s how I got started. I like to play football
because I manage to get fit and so I can run around faster. I like playing for
Brickfield Rangers because they’re a good strong team and the coaches teach really
The Rangers have received funding support from Sport Wales since 2006, which
has mainly been invested into coach education, which has up-skilled parents to be
able to deliver coaching sessions at various levels.
One of the key priorities in a recently launched sector-wide Vision for Sport in
Wales, devised by Sport Wales and industry partners, is to create opportunities in
coaching and volunteering. Sport Wales’ Coaching Strategy, launched in 2010, also
emphasizes the need for more qualified helpers, with ambitious targets to galvanise
10% (nearly 250,000) of the Welsh population to take up volunteering or coaching.
The Behind Every Star campaign also highlighted the coaches behind some of
Wales’ most inspirational sports stars of the moment.
Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister believes clubs like Brickfield
Rangers exemplify what it takes to get people actively involved in sports
She said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of many activities in our communities and
this is especially true for sport. Brickfield Rangers know that better than anyone
and are really ahead of the game when it comes to building up an exceptional
volunteer structure to support their club.
“They have proven that by giving parents an opportunity to give volunteering a try,
and seeing what a difference they can make, that people will stick with a club for as
long as they feel needed. Each and every one of us has a part to play in shaping a
culture where sport becomes a habitual way of life. Volunteers are vital to keeping
sports clubs and events running, jumping and scoring across all our Welsh
For more information about Brickfield Rangers FC contact John Nuthall, Club
Secretary on 07745 538039 or visit www.brickfieldrangersfc.co.uk.
Watch the full video interviews on YouTube.
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Wales on 029 2033 8366 or email@example.com