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Clubs like Dukinfield Tigers could not operate without the services of a number of committed volunteers. We are not a business, but a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Despite having successful teams in most age groups we still need a number of volunteers to ensure that we can offer football to all age ranges.

The following Q&As might just inspire some of you out there to join our ranks…….

Do I need previous experience?

No. You just need to like football and be willing to work at it. We can place you alongside more experienced coaches at first to get you started. Many of our coaches started out as parents turning up for sessions with their children.

Do you offer training / coaching badges?

We do, in fact we insist on it. All our teams have a coach trained to FA Level 1 which includes safeguarding and emergency first aid. The club pays for this, but you will need to allocate some time to do it.

Whether or not your own children are in the team that you coach, volunteering and coaching brings huge benefits. It’s a great way to start on your coaching badges, if that’s what you want. It’s a great way to meet other people and keep your own fitness up at the same time. Seeing the young people develop their skills and teamwork brings great rewards! Research has also shown that volunteering can have positive impacts on happiness, mood, self-esteem and mental health. One study in 1988 found that half of volunteers questioned said that volunteering gave them a ‘high feeling’ something which they dubbed, ‘the helper’s high‘.

What do I do next?

Whether you can offer to support an existing team or lead a new team for many years, please get in touch! Tell us what you want to do and what support you may need. Go on, give it a go!

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Jackie Brook

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After roughly 16 years at the club Jackie Brook has taken the decision to step down from her position as club Secretary.

Jackie came to the club back in 2004 with her son Josh who started playing for our then under 11’s team. After making an impact with the players, coaches and committee members Jackie soon made the leap into taking her FA level 1 coaching badge and started running two of our junior football teams.

Jackie then made the massive commitment to start helping Jackie Woodcock as Vice Treasure, which quickly lead to her taking the role of club Secretary. Jackie has been integral in keeping the club running over the past 16 years. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer giving up her own time (even when her son stopped playing at the club) to help ensure the generations of young footballers had a place to play and enjoy themselves.

On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to thank Jackie for everything she has done for the club and would like to give her the opportunity to take a very well earned rest, but this isn’t goodbye as Jackie will still be helping as Vice Treasure at the club.