Football club kicks off drive for volunteers

Just Regional
Mar 8, 2024 3 mins read

An unsung team at Aylsham Football Club is looking for new signings.
The growth of the town’s football teams and ground at Youngs Park means a need for more volunteers to do behind the scenes work.
Without its army of helpers to carry out tasks – ranging from marking pitches and officiating to admin and kitchen work – the club could not function.
So, it has appointed a new volunteer lead in Sam James to head the recruitment drive for new volunteers as well as supporting the current ones.
She is a helper herself – doing team paperwork and kitchen duties – and so is husband Toby, who manages her son’s Dylan’s under-14 team the Jags. Dylan also helps with training and coaching, and sister Rosa, who also plays, helps in the kitchen too.

Sam James is shown by the Aylsham FC sign at Youngs Park.

Sam said: “As a volunteer myself I know how rewarding it is to watch youngsters develop their life skills.
“Parents do a lot of helping, but there is so much that has to be done behind the scenes and we need more volunteers so the club can achieve what it would like to do in the community.”
The club is particularly keen to find people who can help mark out pitches and help in the kitchen on Thursday nights and weekend match days – which also generates vital income through the clubhouse.
It also hopes to encourage more younger people to get involved, and train to be match officials. Sam, from Reepham, added: “I was brought up in a volunteering environment. My dad John Tym is a Rotarian and mum Jo a churchwarden. And I know how organisations like the football club simply could not operate without the help of volunteers.”
She also knows the importance of volunteering through her work as a life coach and running a not-for-profit business Resilient Pathways which promotes wellbeing, particular among young people, including training adults to mentor youngsters.
“Volunteering is good for our own wellbeing as well as those in the organisations we help,” said Sam.
“People do not have to be football fans – just have enthusiasm and common senses. It may be someone who loves being outdoors and wants to help the community could help marking out the pitches.
“The commitment doesn’t have to be huge. It could just be helping man the car parks at tournaments.
“But if people have special skills to offer that could be of use to the club, we would love to hear from them.”
<blob> To find out about volunteering contact the club via its Aylsham FC Facebook page, drop in to the clubhouse, or email Sam at samjjames@yahoo.co.uk

Sam is also pictured with the U14s Jaguars, next to her husband Toby who is manager. Simon Gotterson left is a long serving volunteer as player coach and supporter who was among those who redecorated the first team changing rooms last summer. Pictures: JOHN TYM PHOTOGRAPHY

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