#BBFAStars is about recognising the inspirational work of volunteers across the county all-year-round.
It’s a way for us, as the County FA, to say ‘Thank You’. Thank you for all your time, effort and relentless dedication to the game across Berks & Bucks FA. It’s also a way for your peers, your friends, fellow volunteers and local communities to recognise the people, often in the background, that help keep their clubs & leagues alive, week-in & week-out.
The roles we celebrate in #BBFAStars are not always in the spotlight, but the people that take them on often do so through a love of the game.
#BBFAStars is not only about recognising their individual efforts but also about showing you a side of the game that you don’t often see.
Here, our first #BBFAStars winner (Secretary), Ricky Simons of Bracknell Town FC talks about why he does what he does, and what it means to be a Club Secretary. Asked first, what it feels like to be our first winner, Ricky said;
“It's amazing! Secretaries normally just go about their business in the background and don’t do it for the plaudits, but to be nominated and voted for by so many people is great and very much appreciated.”
The Secretary is one of the most important roles in a club or league. The main point of contact for the county, team managers and clubs/leagues, the Secretary will look after the administrative duties for the club/league and whilst it can be very demanding, it can also be an incredibly rewarding and satisfying role.
“It is very demanding but to be honest I wouldn't have it any other way. I've always wanted to work in football, so when I was offered the opportunity to be club sec for Bracknell Town I jumped at the chance.” said Ricky.
He added; “I do it for so many different reasons but probably the biggest reason is the satisfaction and enjoyment I get from playing a part in so many people playing football. It's hard to pinpoint a single thing I love the most, I've met so many amazing people over the last three seasons, so I'm going to say it's the people at the club and in non-league in general.”
Getting involved with your football club in a role behind the scenes can bring a lot of satisfaction and open the doors to new experiences & opportunities; from seeing both the club and people around you grow & succeed to meeting new, passionate people along the way.
For those people thinking about becoming involved in the sport and perhaps in the Secretary role, Ricky has this message;
“If you get the opportunity to be involved with your local club, do it! Until you get involved in a club, you have no idea of the amount of work that happens behind the scenes. However, the satisfaction you get from hearing a young player telling you about their game or getting feedback from a parent about their son/daughter enjoying refereeing a game because of chance you gave them is immeasurable.”
If you would like to find out more about the types of volunteer roles available in grassroots football or about becoming a club/league secretary and working with your local club please visit the Volunteer Section of our website or contact our Club and Leagues Development Officer, Lisa Welling via Development@Berks-BucksFA.com or call on 01235558450.
Our next #BBFAStars Award coming in February is for Welfare Officer, so if you know want to say 'Thank You' to the person at your club or league in this role, all it takes is a simple tweet.
To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click the link below – alternatively, keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter account for the nomination tweet to appear at the beginning of February.
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