The Entain Foundation and the Trident Leagues have launched a volunteering hub to link football fans with volunteering opportunities.
The Pitching In Volunteer Hub is an online portal created for all 248 clubs that make up the Trident Leagues, at Steps three and four of the English National League System.
It provides a web-based interface through which clubs can post volunteering vacancies, and fans can search for available opportunities either at a specific club or based on their location. The hub also enables prospective volunteers to proactively offer their services to clubs and register their skills. In addition to providing the platform, Entain will promote volunteering through its network of community-based Ladbrokes and Coral betting shops.
Volunteers play a key role in community football, helping with everything from matchday activities such as manning the turnstiles, stewarding and catering, through to pitch maintenance, ground upkeep or providing administrative and professional support.
The hub is fronted by Pitching In ambassador Stuart Pearce (pictured). Commenting on the launch, the former England captain said:
“This is a fantastic initiative that will be a real gamechanger for promoting volunteering at the community level. I know from my time at Wealdstone just how important volunteers are to local clubs. Equally, it can be a hugely positive and rewarding experience for those that volunteer, I encourage anyone to give it a go and find out for themselves.”
Pitching In partners with the Trident Leagues (the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues), as a grassroots sport investment fund backed by Entain. In addition Entain is also the founding partner of the Trident Community Fund, which offers funding for Leagues clubs for a broad range of community engagement projects.
Entain’s Director of Corporate Affairs Grainne Hurst added:
“As the name suggests, our ambition for Pitching In when we partnered with the Trident Leagues was not just to provide financial backing but to bring communities together and encourage everyone to play a part. The Volunteer Hub makes it easier than ever for fans to pitch in and help out their local club.”