Understanding Parent Participation

Participation by parents is essential to keeping our club running and our players playing. 

Every parent is expected to help out their child’s Coach at least once during the season.  Sometime these will be allocated by your Team Managers, sometimes they will just request volunteers each week.

Please familiarise yourself with the roles below and make sure you let your Coach and Team Managers know that you are available to help.



SPAFC Volunteer Roles – Downloads

List of club volunteer roles & job descriptions – click on document title to view:

Ground Marshall


Team Manager


Goal Umpire


Time Keeper

Volunteer participation

Approximately 3 million Australians donate their time and energy to community sport and recreation clubs. The estimated value of labour input by sport sector volunteers in Australia is $4 billion per year.

Personal benefits

While volunteering provides substantial benefits to society, it also provides significant benefits to the volunteers themselves. The act of volunteering has been linked to positive mental, social, and physical benefits. 

Did You Know?

Sport Australia’s AusPlay Survey suggests that when a parent participates in sport and volunteers at a sports club, their children’s participation rate is higher (89%). When a parent is not involved as a sport participant themselves, or is not a club volunteer, their children’s participation rate drops to 50%.