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5. Parent volunteers


Worcester Park Lions CC - Volunteers Needed

In 2023 we had over 100 boys and girls play competitive cricket for our eight junior teams and 100s of children aged five upwards take part in training and events at the club.

All under our Worcester Park Lions values of having fun, improving our skills and enjoying playing as a team.

In 2024 we are anticipating even bigger numbers of children and have introduced our first ever girl’s league side, we can’t wait to see your children down at training and matches having fun and playing cricket.

We need your help though! Outside of our handful of professional coaches who run training for us, all the roles for WP Lions are filled by volunteers.

For 2024 to be our best ever year for junior cricket we are looking for volunteers to give some time and enthusiasm. Don’t let cricket experience or knowledge be a barrier, most of the help we need just requires some willing and a little time.

All and any help is welcome, even if you can’t commit to the whole season.

For those who can commit a little more time these roles are essential for us being able to field teams for the children:

Team Managers
(Time commitment - a few hours a week and weekend matches)

We are looking for team manager support for a number of our teams (Particularly u9s, u10s and u14s).

Ideally we look for 1-2 team managers per age group, to cover holidays etc, general tasks needed are:

Working with the coaches to select the squad for matchdays
Working with team admin to manage the squad on Spond and Play Cricket
Running the team on match-days (training & support will be provided)
Uploading match results to Play Cricket
Organising friendly matches.

Team admins
(Time commitment - 1-2 hours a week)

Helping manage admin tasks for your age group. No cricket knowledge required, and most jobs can be done in your own time during the week.

Tasks vary but include:
Managing team details on Spond
Contacting opposition teams to confirm venue and times for matches
Uploading teams to Play Cricket ahead of matches
Supporting the team manager on match days.

We also need some willing helpers for the following on a more ad-hoc basis! Again deep cricket knowledge is not essential at all, just a willingness to muck in

Training nights help
(Time commitment - whatever time you have during training)

Help the coaches setting up for drills and during drills throwing balls, supporting the kids etc
We need one person each session to take a register of kids and dismiss them at the end of the session
Umpiring training games
Supervising children during net sessions

Match-day help
(Time commitment - during matches)

All matches are run entirely by volunteers, and the more we can help the more playing time our teams can get. None of these roles are season long commitments and can be shared around during the season but all are essential for the kids to play!

Scoring, each squad needs a handful of parents & guardians who are happy to score the matches. The ECB Play Cricket app makes this easy to do now, and its very easy to pick-up as you go
Umpiring, again each squad needs a few volunteers happy to umpire, some experience of the game is helpful here, Surrey Junior Cricket have some great online resources to help
Setting up and down the outfield, make sure kids are padded-up and warmed-up and general encouragement are all essential and welcome too!

All stars activators & coaching coordinator
(time commitment 1 hour a week - 10 week programme)
To help support our coaching programme and 5 all stars and dynamos sessions a week, we need someone with good organisational skills and communication to check the availability of the coaches and activators each week, and to ensure we have the right number of coaches\ activators on each training night for each session.

Social media officers x 6
(time commitment - as little or much as you have to offer)
We are looking for someone to help promote the Lions activities through our social media channels. Working within a team of volunteers you will be able to draft and publish content, maximising local community groups and forums to increase our exposure.

Volunteer coordinator
(time commitment - as little or much as you have to offer)
Arguably one of the most important roles, with the number of volunteers we need to run a successful club we need a good networker, someone to work the tables to speak to the parents and identify those with enthusiasm or a skill set that would be a good fit for some of our roles.

The coordinator will also have a role to retain the existing volunteers and look for new ways to thank and reward their efforts.

Sponsorship
(time commitment - as little or much as you have to offer)

We have a range of sponsorship packages available to local businesses, which are available on our website, but are now looking for someone to help connect with likeminded business and secure commercial deals.

Kit officer

(time commitment - as little or much as you have to offer)

We need some willing volunteers to help, coordinate uniform distribution, and keep an eye on equipment quality to ensure our players are geared up for success.

With an eye for detail and an eye for admin contirubuting a few hours a week could really help grow the club and help our kids succeed.

Social Fundraising Officer:
(time commitment - a couple of hours a week)
The Social Fundraising Officer will be the force behind turning community spirit, and training night atmosphere into tangible support for our club and our kids.

By organising engaging events like bake sales, raffles, kit swaps etc, they bring our members together while raising essential funds. Through your creativity and knack for planning, they not only secure financial backing but also strengthen the bonds that make our cricket community thrive.

Safeguarding Officers:

As the guardians of our cricket club's safety, these officers are the frontline defenders of our players' well-being.

They implement and uphold safeguarding policies, ensuring that every interaction within our club environment is nurturing and protective. By fostering a culture of awareness and openness, they provide a safe space where young athletes can grow both on and off the field.

General support
(Time commitment - all and any welcome!)

We are always looking for willing helpers to join the Lions’ committee, help with club comms, fundraising and promoting the club to the local area.

If you’d like to help, find out more about any of the above roles then please get in touch at colts@wparkcc.co.uk
Or ask during training.