Clubs & Leagues


The Lifeblood of the Grassroots Game

our grassroots heroes

Supporting an Invaluable Workforce

Without volunteers, grassroots football simply wouldn’t exist. From managers and coaches to club officials, a club is made up of many crucial constituent parts who come together to make it a success, and it’s our task to support these diamonds to ensure everyone has a part to play in the overall success of the sport we love.

Secretaries, chairpersons, treasurers and welfare officers. Matchdays wouldn’t be as safe, enjoyable and efficient without unpaid grassroots heroes such as the first aider, the kit manager and the groundsman. For larger clubs there may also be an officer responsible for publicity, fundraising and community relations.

Volunteers donate their time and expertise for the benefit of others, so it’s vital we make football is an inclusive environment for new individuals to come forward, whilst also providing our existing workforce with everything they need to operate effectively. Via our website and social media, we advertise the vacancies available within clubs and leagues.

The ‘Football Futures’ programme develops our next generation, providing guidance, support and opportunities for 14-21s. We also present Long Service Awards to thank individuals who have dedicated themselves to the game over an extended period of time. They often stay involved for so long as they enjoy being involved, and know they’re valued.
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Reporting Concerns


If you feel that an adult connected to your league or club (e.g. a referee, coach or a volunteer) is mistreating someone under the age of 18, there are various confidential ways you can report this.

By ‘mistreating’, we mean behaving towards under 18s in a physical or verbal way you believe is threatening or makes the young person feel scared or bad.

Find out more and watch a short film The FA has produced explaining how to report your concerns. Of course, everything is completely confidential. 



There are many reasons to volunteer in football. Volunteers make the grassroots game happen and create the next generation of sporting stars.

You could be giving back, but you’ll also be helping make football happen. Without people like you, grassroots simply wouldn’t exist!
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