Volunteering may save you money!


Yes! Academic research has shown that, on average, people spend around £3000 per year on things that give them the same “feel good factor” that volunteers get from their voluntary work. So, is it time to think about joining the vibrant, exciting world of schools’ football, and help to give today’s school pupils an experience which stays with them for life?

Your background doesn’t matter. You might have played football – or netball, or rugby, or cricket – at school, or you might not! You might be a trainee teacher, or a trainee physiotherapist, looking for ways to give your CV an edge, before you start to practice. You might be a retired teacher, who misses the interaction with pupils. But you might also be someone who simply has some spare time to give, and would be able to help with organising fixtures, keeping the financial records, designing a website or helping a fundraising campaign. You might be interested in working in a committee setting, or training as a first aider, or in selling programmes. Whatever your skills and interests, schools’ football might just be for you!

The ESFA’s life blood is its volunteers. With a paid workforce of just 11 staff, the ESFA is almost entirely dependent upon the good will, time and enthusiasm of its 4000+ volunteers. So, do you want to join us?

Is it for me?

If you want to know a bit more, have a look at our FAQs section. If you can’t see the answer you’re looking for, then get in touch with the ESFA’s headquarters on 01785 785970, or email office@esfa.co.uk, quoting “volunteer enquiry” in the subject.

If you already think it might be for you, then please read on to see how to get involved.

Joining the ESFA’s Volunteer Workforce

The easiest way to get involved is to join your local Association. The ESFA has around 400 member organisations, some covering entire Counties, and others covering Districts. Each of these organisations is run by volunteers and whilst most find coaches and team managers with ease, many are looking for volunteers to help organise football from behind the scenes. If you’d like to find out a bit more about your nearest Association, fill out and submit the contact form below and we will be in touch. If you want to search our volunteer opportunities, click here to have a look – but bear in mind, not every one of our Associations advertise through the national body, so if there isn’t a vacancy listed, don’t be put off: get in touch anyway and we can introduce you to those already involved in your area.

There are also volunteering opportunities with the national body and these are advertised on our website. Look out for:

  • Internships: the ESFA offers a small placement year/internship to undergraduates and graduates. Usually advertised around Easter, these internships, whilst unpaid, provide great experience of a sports administration environment and we are establishing a track record of progressing candidates into jobs, on completion
  • International management teams: our two international teams (U18 boys and U15 girls) are coached, managed and supported medically by volunteers. Keep an eye on the website for those vacancies: we have maximum terms of office for these posts so that as many people as possible get the opportunity to experience leading an international team
  • International programme co-ordinators: the administrators behind the international programme. Again, these posts are filled for a three year period for the same reason
  • Council members: once you are involved with a local Association, you become eligible for nomination to serve on the national governing board, the Council. Here you’ll get involved in leading the schools’ game at the highest level of influence