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The costs associated with running a multifaceted non-league football club like WCFC are eye watering, even at Step 5 (Level 9). Since WCFC became fan owned, the Supporters’ Trust in its capacity as majority shareholder has been engaging proactively with the Club Board to assist with establishing a collaborative framework for a financially sustainable business model at the club.
The backbone of any club that doesn’t have the deepest of pockets is heavily reliant on unpaid volunteers, and WCFC is no exception to this. One key piece of work recently concluded by the Supporters’ Trust involved itemising a total of 51 off-pitch tasks, duties and responsibilities carried out prior to, during and after every 1st team game at Claines Lane, along with the times allocated for each item. This exercise was accompanied by a list of the 28 unpaid volunteers and 15 paid staff that ensure match days happen. So, we know what needs to be done, how long it takes and how many people are needed to do it.
The question is, “What can YOU do for YOUR Club?”.
Many of WCFC’s dedicated match day volunteers have been long serving and continued to give their time to the club, even throughout the years that the club spent in exile. Now that WCFC are back on home soil, the club has developed the highest average gate (459) attendance figures in the Midland Football League Premier Division, which ranks WCFC 136th out of the 1000s of non-league clubs nationally. To maximise WCFC’s potential, the club need more unpaid volunteers to come forward and help out on match days, whether that be assisting with marshalling a car park (2hrs); putting out and collecting traffic cones and signage (2hrs); litter picks (0.5hrs); selling 50/50 draw tickets (2.25hrs); selling match day programmes (2.5hrs); working in the kitchen (up to 4.75hrs or part thereof), behind the bar (up to 6hrs or part thereof) or in one of two ticket kiosks (1.75hrs).
The larger the pool of volunteers that the club can call upon, the easier it is to set up rotas, develop continuity plans, ease the workload of other volunteers and enable the club to put on events and enhance the match day experience for supporters.