Can you help run Darwen Rangers ?

We are urgently looking to key roles at the club and would welcome any volunteers or nominations.

Actually, ALL Committee roles are up for renewal and ideally we would like have two candidates for each job. So if you are interested in any role, or have someone you would like to nominate, please let us. As soon as practical and safe we will hold an AGM – if necessary we can do this on-line.

At the moment we are particularly keen to find candidates for the following key roles:

1 – Club Chairman

The role could be taken by someone from inside the club or someone with no previous association with the club.  A successful Chair will put their stamp on the club and will, at different times, be a mentor, a diplomat, an ambassador and a leader.

The opportunity to take on this role at an established club like Darwen Rangers is a rare one. The pathway for personal development through FA accredited training will be attractive to many candidates. The new Chairman will enjoy the full support of the outgoing Chair and the committee.

2 – Subscription Secretary – this key role which needs to be filled immediately.

The role could be combined with the job of club Treasurer, for the right candidate. Efficient collection of all subs is the lifeblood of a junior football club – especially if you are the cheapest club in the area. We have a collection systems in place, but at this point are considering whether this is fit for purpose. Now is an ideal time for someone to come forward and take ownership of this essential function.

These two roles, and the Treasurer role are described below – including a rough idea of the time commitment required.

Darwen Rangers – rooted in the community, ready to grow 

Darwen Rangers, as a club,  is in a fantastic position in the local community and the opportunity for new committee members to make a significant impact is a rare one.

You would be joining a club with a security of tenure on one of the best draining grounds in the area, relatively sheltered from the prevailing winds, with a small but active coffee shop and snack bar and with resources available to improve the surface and develop other pitches in Darwen.

We have recently received £40K of Football Foundation funding for the maintenance of Sandy Lane and Branch Road. We have a agreement to maintain and use Avondale School pitches, which  benefited from a complete drainage overhaul about 12 years ago. We are in discussion with other schools in Darwen to extend our facilities even further afield.

Our relationship with the United Reform Church Trust, who manage the lease at Sandy Lane, has never been better. We have a representative on the Trust and the other Trustees have been fully supportive of our efforts to get funding to improve the ground.

Our relationship with Junior Gardeners and with Darwen Girls and Ladies is a great asset. The three clubs together are supporting around 500 local players in 30 teams across all age groups.

Chair

Role Description

The Chair of the Club provides leadership and direction for the club by overseeing the work of the Club committee and being an advocate of the football club in the local community.

Commitment

Approximately 4 hours per week, and attending meetings at weekends and evening Attendance at “Committee Meetings”, dealing with emerging issues.

Responsibilities

  1. Provide leadership and direction for the club
  2. Ensure there is a Club development strategy and plan and that it is being executed  and monitored.
  3. Make decisions for the benefit of the whole club including disciplinary matters.
  4. Oversee the work of the Club Committee.
  5. Chair meetings of the club.
  6. Advocate of the football club for the local community.

Required Accreditation

DBS Safeguarding
Children
First Aid Club
Welfare
FA Level
1
FA Level
2
FA Youth
Module
Licensed
Coach
Other
✓ + safeguarding for committee members

Subscription Secretary

Role Description

To co-­‐ordinate the registration of all players, ensuring the correct paperwork is processed and all fees are paid

Commitment

Approximately 3 hours a week for 4 weeks (pre-­‐season) and approximately. 2 hours a month during the season

Responsibilities

  1. To ensure all players are correctly registered with the Club.
  2. All players are registered on the Club’s database and the database is regularly maintained for accuracy.
  3. To ensure all players are correctly registered with the relevant league.
  4. To ensure all fees are paid in full and agree exceptions with the Treasurer.
  5. To ensure all fees are paid into the nominated bank account as directed by the Treasurer.

Accreditation Criteria

CRB Safeguarding
Children
First Aid Club
Welfare
FA Level
1
FA Level
2
FA Youth
Module
Licensed
Coach
Other

Treasurer

Role Description

Look after the finances of the club.
The treasurer must be well organised, able to keep records, careful when handling money and cheques, scrupulously honest, able to answer questions in meetings, confident handling figures, prepared to take instance decisions when necessary.

Commitment

Approximately 3 hours per week, and attending meetings at weekends and evening, managing payments out and looking after the club bank account.

Attendance at “Committee Meetings”.

Responsibilities

  1. Paying the bills and recording information.
  2. Keeping up date records of all financial transactions.
  3. Ensuring that all cash and cheques are promptly deposited in the bank or building society.
  4. Ensuring that funds are spent appropriately and in line with the Club’s objectives.
  5. Accurately record all money received.
  6. Reporting regularly to the committee on the financial position.
  7. Preparing bank reconciliations on a regular basis.
  8. Preparing a year end statement of accounts to present to the Auditors
  9. Arranging for the statement of accounts to be audited
  10. Presenting an end of year financial report to the AGM.
  11. Financial planning including producing an annual budget and monitoring it throughout the year.
  12. Helping to prepare and submit any statutory documents that are required (e.g. VAT returns, PAYE and NI returns, grant aid reports).

Even if these duties are delegated to a professional officer, the Treasurer is still ultimately responsible. It is up to the Treasurer to make sure that any delegated work is done properly.

Constraints

1. None identified.

Required Accreditation

CRB Safeguarding
Children
First Aid Club
Welfare
FA Level
1
FA Level
2
FA Youth
Module
Licensed
Coach
Other



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