Show your volunteers some love

To mark National Volunteer Week which gets underway on Sunday, Auckland Football is giving away – thanks to New Zealand Football and MTA – $50 MTA vouchers to ten deserving volunteers.

We want to hear about the people giving up their time to help make your club, your team or league tick – and why you appreciate what they do.

To nominate a volunteer in your region please email us and describe in one to two paragraphs what role this person undertakes and how they make an impact in their community.

Thousands of volunteers give up their time for the good of the game all over the country and it’s this dedicated group of enthusiasts that New Zealand Football is looking to thank during National Volunteering Week.

The campaign is driven by Volunteering New Zealand each year and seeks to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of the country’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to sport, social development, the economy and the environment.

New Zealand Football is marking National Volunteering Week with a total of $3,500 in MTA gift vouchers up for grabs across the country’s seven federations to thank some of the game’s deserving volunteers thanked for their efforts.

New Zealand Football Community Development Manager Jamie Milne is pleased to again be able to give recognition to a group of people whose hard work often goes unnoticed.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport,” he says.

“We are extremely proud of the network of volunteers we have across the country who put in collectively thousands of hours to get the girls, women, boys and men onto the fields every week,” he says.

“It is still one of the most enjoyable parts of my role to meet these people, hear their stories and thank them for their contributions. We really do have some amazing people from the top to the deep south making a real difference – often under the radar and going quietly about their work.”

New Zealand Football has now been partnered with Volunteering New Zealand for over two years and in 2016 undertook the Best Practice in Action Programme, which provides an outline of how an organisation can look after its band of volunteers and make the most of this resource.

“We were the only major sporting code involved in this process and it was really beneficial to work alongside chief executive Scott Miller and his team,” Milne says.

“This had never been done before so it was good to put a line in the sand and we certainly learned a lot which we have been implementing steadily for 18 months now. The key to going forward over the next 12 months is giving meaningful support to the seven federations and all our clubs – we need to help people add value to our clubs and communities, while getting meaningful experiences themselves.”

Clubs can also undertake their own volunteering reviews by utilising the Volunteering Best Practice Toolkit, which is available for download at www.volunteeringnz.org.nz

“It’s important we take the time to give a shout out to our football volunteers – you are amazing and we genuinely are grateful for your contributions and efforts,” Milne says.

National Volunteering Week runs from June 18 to 24 and the recognition activities across the country can be followed via the Volunteering New Zealand Twitter feed @VolunteeringNZ and #NVW2017