MP Craig Tracey visits The OVAL

Local MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth. Craig Tracey in Partnership with the league sponsors Pitching In Volunteer Hub visited The OVAL for our fixture against Gresley.  Craig got heavily involved with all of the roles of that our loyal volunteers carry out on Matchdays from selling the 50/50 tickets to even having a go at pulling a pint behind the bar. 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of non league football and without them our Saturday afternoons would not go ahead.  Pitching In have recognised this and have now set up a volunteer hub where volunteers can access roles that clubs are looking for.  England legend Stuart Pearce is an ambassador for the initiative which you can find more about here https://pitchinginvolunteers.co.uk/

Why Volunteer?

10 benefits of volunteering

Whether you’re the type of person who craves a lot of social interaction or whether you prefer as little as possible, volunteering has social, career and personal benefits. Here are the top 10:

1. Provides you with a sense of purpose

You may be able to find your purpose through volunteering and becoming part of something greater than yourself. For instance, if you’re retired, unexpectedly unemployed or have lost a loved one, helping others can give your life new meaning and keep you mentally stimulated.

2. Provides a sense of community

Volunteering can help you feel connected to those you are helping in the community. This experience may make you want to get involved with other aspects of your community, such as local politics or advocating for programs you believe are important.

3. Helps you meet new friends

Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends as well as strengthen existing connections with friends, family or co workers. As a volunteer, you’ll typically interact with people from diverse backgrounds, which allows you to learn other perspectives.

When you choose an organization or cause to volunteer for, consider the people you’re volunteering alongside did as well. Sharing a common interest will help you build closer relationships with those around you.

4. Increases your social skills

Volunteering gives you a chance to talk to new people and sharpen your social skills. By spending a lot of time working with others and using social skills, like active listening and relationship management, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your future personal and business relationships.

5. Improves self-esteem

Volunteering may boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. When you do something you feel is worthwhile and valuable for your community, it gives you a sense of accomplishment that may help you feel more fulfilled about your life and any future goals.

6. Teaches you valuable skills

The training and hands-on experience you gain while volunteering can help you learn new skills as well as build upon ones you already have. For example, if you advocate and raise awareness or funding for a cause that interests you, you’ll gain valuable communication, public speaking, marketing and other hard and soft skills. You can then put these skills on your resume to show employers how you build relationships outside of work in addition to any personal interests that can set you apart from other candidates.

7. Provides job prospects

Along with acquiring valuable skills and experience, you may also meet people while volunteering who can become your mentors or at least a part of your professional social network. If you choose to pursue a career in the field you’re volunteering in, the connections you make also may help increase your job prospects.

8. Brings fun into your life

Many people use volunteering as a way to pursue their hobbies while making a difference. For example, if you’re interested in the outdoors, you might volunteer at your community garden or help out at a children’s summer camp. Volunteering for organizations or causes also may provide you with a renewed sense of creativity and motivation that carries over into your personal and professional life.

9. Can help you be happier

It often feels good to contribute to projects and organizations that mean something to you. These good feelings can help lessen the effects of stress, anger or anxiety in your life. Volunteering may provide you with the tools you need to be a happy and well-rounded individual. Building bonds and connections with people you volunteer with also may counteract any social isolation. Many volunteer opportunities also may involve physical labour to keep you active and reduce stress.

10. Gets you out of your comfort zone

Through volunteer work, you may overcome the personal challenges of leaving your comfort zone and doing something new with people you may not know. You may be faced with various problems to solve as a volunteer that require you to exercise critical thinking skills that aid your own personal development.

A big thankyou from all of us goes out to our current volunteers: James, Terry, Stuart, Ron, Eric, Debz, Liv, Hayley, Gaz, Polly. All of these people give up their time so that you can enjoy your Saturday afternoon watching The Greenbacks so please just give them a thankyou when you see them as without them the club would not be where it is now.

IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER PLEASE LET A MEMBER OF STAFF KNOW AND THEY WILL GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.