The backbone of grassroots football

Volunteers are the backbone of grassroots football.

Without volunteers' dedication and commitment demonstrated each and every week, clubs and leagues would simply not exist. A football club or league is about far more than just the players.

Devon FA recognises the importance of volunteers in running and developing football at every level. We are committed to supporting all of our volunteers and through our Football Workforce programme we:

• Support and develop existing volunteers 
• Recruit more volunteers into football 
• Recognise and reward volunteers

Both Clubs and Leagues have a huge number of volunteer roles to fill in order to sustain and develop. A well run organistation will feature important backroom staff including secretaries, welfare officers and fundraisers in addition to first aiders and team coaches. Charter Standard clubs now require a volunteer co-ordinator and it is their role to recruit, reward and support volunteers in their club.

Please visit the various sections under the volunteer heading which should contain everything you need for succeddfull volunteering. Keep up the good work!

Get into Volunteering

As a parent, you may often feel like you are under appreciated or not as involved in your son or daughter's football as you would like to be. We understand that a parent plays just as important a role as anyone in football. After all, how would the majority of players even get to football sessions without their parents?!

Parents can play a number of roles. Whether this be solely as a spectator for the support of your children, or on many occasions as the team manager or coach.

Whatever your role, there are sections to this website which will be for you. Please have a look at some of the sections that are listed below, and why not have a more in depth search of the rest of our website.

Volunteers kick off your season
Safeguarding and Welfare


Whatever your involvement in football, you have a responsibility to make our game as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

This is particularly true if your role as a volunteer involves working or being with children and young people under the age of 18.

Find out how The FA and the Devon FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.