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Post by Lee on Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:15 am

Talking Footy SA is about to start a new series here about the different roles in a football club for volunteers.

We all see water-runners at the footy. Have you ever wondered how they get there, what qualifications they have, what other work they do and what they get out of it?

You see the person with the clipboard making interchanges. Find out what happens behind the scenes as your team prepares for the game.

We have several volunteers on this site, from Property Managers, to trainers, to officials. If you would like to share your story, you're welcome to post it here. It's not restricted to SANFL. Any league, any sport, umpiring, broadcasting, whatever, we'd like to hear about it.
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Post by Adelaide Hawk on Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:47 pm

My volunteer role at Norwood is in the Norwood History Group. It began as a result of a meeting with former Norwood full forward Michael Coligan who had a keen interest in history who became inaugural Chairman.

It is run along the same lines as the very successful formula they have at North Adelaide, and was born from the simple notion that we have many "riches" stored away in boxes that needed to be account for and valued.

Our group contains around a dozen very loyal Redleg supporters, Roger Woodcock being one of the more notable, all with their own special skills that allows for smooth operation. Wally Miller is always available for advice which is very useful.

We are now in our third year, and are still busy cataloging items that are still being donated to the club. I am still amazed by the quality of item being donated. Someone found a medal donated to Bruce Schultz after he kicked 100 goals, they found it in their back yard whilst gardening, and contacted the club to see if we wanted it.

The history of the Norwood Football Club continues to give me passion for the game. My role is mainly statistic history (games, goals, etc), and research for projects. It keeps me off the streets Smile
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Post by 85 Was A good Year on Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:31 pm

SPORTS TRAINERS

At all levels of football, there is a shortage of qualified Sports Trainers, but at SANFL Level it is even harder to both attract and retain them.

Being involved at grassroots level with the Southern Football League, I found it interesting that SANFL doesn’t require all on field Trainers to have current Sports Trainer accreditation (Through Sports Medicine Australia SMA), but I now have a better understanding of why.

There just aren’t enough people that are willing to put their hand up for the 10-11 month commitment required.

SANFL require a SMA Level 2 Sports Trainer in attendance at all matches to supervise their club Trainers team.

At Junior level there are rarely more than 2 qualified Sports Trainers per club involved for their 2 teams. The remainder are Water Runners. It’s hard, because kids who aren’t playing usually return to their local club, and there’s rarely anyone in the crowd you can grab, as it's only made up of player's families or scouts watching.

My commitment at Senior level is 3 training nights per week, plus match day.

For other Trainers the minimum involvement is 1 training night and match day. i.e. 5.30pm til 8pm for training, then from 9.15am until aprox 5.15pm match day.

Cash Remuneration is very low, but volunteers are given membership, club season ticket, club polo, and the club tracksuit/jacket.

BUT you can’t put a price on the appreciation and mateship received from Coaches and the playing group.

My experience shows volunteers involved with SANFL clubs do it because they love their club, genuinely want to feel a part of their club and just want to help out.

The 2 main attributes I look for in my Water Runners is 1) fitness - They need to be able to run the 2 games out, and 2) have an understanding of the game – i.e. ensure they don’t get caught in the play, or give away frees.

All Trainers at Glenelg run water, including the bench Trainer who also needs to be able to get onto the field and back quickly to provide feedback on injuries to Coaches and Medical staff, so need a good level of fitness.

We don’t have Rooms Only Trainers at Glenelg. I’m not sure if other clubs do.

Due to the lack of qualified trainers, wearing the ‘Whites’ during a match, most clubs have a mixture of Water Runners and Trainers. Qualified Trainers are usually identifiable as the ones wearing bum bags.

Bench Trainers are the decision makers, usually a SMA Level 2 Trainer, overseeing what is happening on the field and the bench, and referring to the medical team ie Club Doctor and/or physio also sitting on the bench.

At Glenelg we have a qualified SMA trainer in each third of the oval to assess and signal to bench trainer when there is an on field injury, supplemented with a couple of part-time water runners.

We also have a massage therapist on the bench for the League match, but our bench trainer does the massages on the bench during the Reserves.

To anyone out there who loves their club, is able to jog or run for 2 games, doesn’t mind a bit of hard work, and is able to make it to at least one Training night, don’t just think about it. Put your hand up.

All clubs are seeking assistance for their Training Staff, and would really welcome help to lighten the load.
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Re: Football Club volunteers

Post by Lee on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:01 pm

Thanks for that, 85. It's a good wrap of what's involved.

A major area of trainers' duties involves strapping players for training and games. This is where a trainer's skill is really valuable and senior trainers know how to strap ankles, shoulders, knees, elbows, fingers, etc quickly and correctly.

The more senior trainers also have a good knowledge of anatomy and injury assessment and treatment. At a league club, there is a lot of support from physiotherapists and medical professionals.

Many clubs at other levels rely totally on their senior trainer, who has an enormous responsibility and often has to cope with very stressful situations alone.

At league level, my experience has been that it doesn't matter which club you're from, all trainers will assist the other team in a difficult situation.

There are many very experienced trainers at League level. When you next see a trainer running water in a game, it's likely they're there because they have a wide range of skills.
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Post by red&white on Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:26 pm

Hi all, I'm just wondering if there is a code of conduct for SANFL trainers? Any help would be appreciated
Was a good read about what happens in Glenelg. So well covered its hard to add anything to it.
All I know is getting new trainers water runners is very hard and wonder what else could be done to keep them.
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Post by Maxyoz on Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:46 pm

In the past 14 years (since retiring from playing), I have been: statistician, chief statistician, Board member, Reserves Team Manager, IT Specialist, Reserves Assistant Coach, Reserves Team Manager (yes - 2 stints under 2 different coaches), Match Day Statistics Set Up, Club video-put-togetherer, Bench Co-ordinator, Trainer, Ground Announcer, Match Day Statistics System Operator (AFC), Communication Co-Ord (AFC) and dabbling in Player Development (AFC). Only thing left to do is be a Senior Coach. Or maybe go back to playing.

Why? I love being involved in footy - last weekend I had 3 days of footy and loved it.
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Post by 85 Was A good Year on Sun May 06, 2012 12:28 pm

red&white wrote:Hi all, I'm just wondering if there is a code of conduct for SANFL trainers? Any help would be appreciated
Was a good read about what happens in Glenelg. So well covered its hard to add anything to it.
All I know is getting new trainers water runners is very hard and wonder what else could be done to keep them.

Thanks red&white. haven't seen a Code of Conduct from SANFL, but expect each club has it's own.

I'm also involved with Southern Footbal League & Flagstaff Hill FC, and both the trainers association and my club have one. If you'd like a copy just send me a pm
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Re: Football Club volunteers

Post by Lee on Wed May 09, 2012 1:07 am

Maxyoz, that makes you a 'heart and soul' Bay person.

Good on you.
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