Passionate about football? Want to get more involved with the beautiful game? Fancy doing something worthwhile with your time? Volunteer with Vinspired.com
You might not have the potential to become the next Messi, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your football obsession. To help you use your passion for football to make a difference and learn new skills, v, The National Young Volunteers’ Service, is launching ‘Make the Team’; an initiative encouraging young people to volunteer their time for the chance to win tickets to see Premier League Clubs.
Anyone between the ages of 16-25 can get involved. All you need to do is visit: Vinspired.com/football and register (free of charge). Then select your favourite Premier League team, decide how you’d like to volunteer (which doesn’t have to be football related) and upload a photo of yourself volunteering. You will then automatically be entered into a prize draw, to win one of numerous pairs of match day tickets.
There are hundreds of football and sport-related volunteering opportunities on vinspired.com, including the chance to coach, referee or organise tournaments as well as thousands of other more general volunteer roles. Whether you’ve got one minute, one day or one week to spare v has the volunteer opportunity to match.
In addition to winning Premier League Tickets, volunteering can provide you with the following:
· Valuable work experience in a field that’s of interest to you e.g. football
· The chance to give something back to your local community· Development of a range of new skills
· The opportunity to meet and interact with new people and broaden your horizons
· The chance to show initiative to future employers
· Additional experience to put on your CV
The campaign is supported by many leading footballers, coaches and managers, including Kieran Gibbs (Premier League, Arsenal and England player), Bill Bush (Director of Communications and Public Policy at Premier League) Stuart Pearce (Head Coach, England Under-21) David Seaman (ex-Arsenal and England goalkeeper), Chris Kamara (presenter and football analyst) and Martin Tyler (football commentator).
What they say:
Kieran Gibbs, Premier League, Arsenal and England Under-21 footballer.
“If I wasn’t lucky enough to be playing football, I’m not sure what I’d be doing with my career and that’s why I think ‘Make the Team’ is such a great project to get involved with. Volunteering is not only a really good opportunity to put your time to something worthwhile, but it’s also a great way of building up your skills and ultimately achieving your goals, whether it’s football or another industry that you want to get into. I’m really looking forward to giving something back and doing my bit with other volunteers soon.”
David Seaman, ex-Arsenal and England goalkeeper.
“I think ‘Make the Team’ is a fantastic opportunity for young people to follow their passion both on and off the pitch which is why I’m right behind vinsipred’s latest campaign. I wish I’d had opportunities like these available to me when I was younger. Getting volunteering experience under your belt is invaluable both in helping out your community and expanding your skillset – so why not get involved?”
Stuart Pearce, Head Coach, England Under-21s.
“The role of the volunteer, particularly in football, is absolutely vital to the future of the game. Every football player, from the grassroots of the game through to top England players, are likely to have had coaching or guidance from a volunteer at some point, and the value of these people to their communities is immeasurable. I’d always encourage young people to volunteer to gain valuable experience, grow as people and help build their community in whatever way they can.”
Chris Kamara, presenter and football analyst.
“I’m proud to say I’ve already made the team – I’ve recently volunteered to climb Kilimanjaro for charity and I’m really excited to get involved and do my bit to raise awareness for a worthwhile cause. Whatever your interests, you can go to vinspired.com to find out about a huge range of volunteering opportunities and see how you can make a difference too.”
Martin Tyler, football commentator.
“Volunteering can give you skills and experience which could help you secure your dream job. You don’t have to be good at playing sport to get involved; vinspired.com has a whole range of opportunities to choose from, including journalism and radio. You never know, you might get to learn to commentate too.”
Andy Gray, football pundit.
“Sign up with v and be part of something big. If you’re football mad like me there’s hundreds of ways you can get involved. You don’t have to be good at playing football – you could help coach, steward, or organise tournaments. You might even get to see your favourite Premier League Club.”