This week is National Volunteers Week and the Hampton Rovers Football Club would like to recognise the many volunteers who assist the club and help make the club what it is.
Across Victoria there are over 78,000 volunteers helping out community footy clubs and it’s their support that help more than 410,000 Victorians pull on the boots and play Australia’s national sport. Hampton Rovers Football Club is no different, and without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to operate.
In 2018, the club has five senior sides and almost 200 registered players, while our Juniors have a staggering 26 teams and not to forget Auskick as well. This all takes plenty of help to tick along.
Attend a senior game and you’ll see the likes of Jamie Stanfield running around like crazy team managing the seniors and multiple other tasks, Kam Atkins timekeeping, Jason Cave on the interchange, to name a few. Ken Duddy, Amy Clements, Roz Folino and Charlie Anderson help out with team managing our other teams.
It’s always great to have parents helping out – whether it’s for the odd week here or there, or more consistently. The Jones’, Merlo’s and Hetherington’s, Sean Crisp are regulars. Andrew McGregor, Paul Curry, Lou Folino, John Cesario, Shem Curry, Peter Clements & Tim Wilson all volunteer on a coaching front, while Max Grimmer and Bill Campbell help out with the match stats. We thank everyone on the various rosters who lend a hand when they can.
It’s always a big Thursday evening at the club and thanks to Dean’s kitchen roster, we have many parents and supporters lending a hand from time to time and Jim Westhead behind the bar, while Nashy always seems to be doing something. A home game is even bigger and that’s truly a team effort by everyone.
The hard-working committee, led by president Steve Anderson, bring it all together and continue to put in time for the love of the club.
This Sunday will see senior players give something back to the community when they volunteer for the 2018 Red Shield Appeal. This is being organised by Sam & Stan Oldfield from The Salvation Army, who themselves volunteer at the club regularly.
There are no doubt others who deserve a mention here and we thank each and every one of you for giving up your time for the Hampton Rovers Football Club. If you haven’t had an opportunity, feel free to get involved. Your help is always appreciated and it’s a rewarding feeling.