VOLUNTEER ROLE: Coffs United Lions captain Scott Goddard raises the premiership trophy after his team won the Men's Premier League grand final.
VOLUNTEER ROLE: Coffs United Lions captain Scott Goddard raises the premiership trophy after his team won the Men's Premier League grand final. Brad Greenshields

Goddard gives back off field to game he loves

WHEN it comes to volunteering for Coffs City United Football Club, Scott Goddard doesn't see it as a chore, but a way of giving back to a game that has given him so much joy.

"I think I fell in love with football, ironically, while I wasn't playing,” Goddard laughed.

"I played a lot of tennis and was going to tournaments when I was young, but I always took a football with me to play with. That's when I realised I was in the wrong game and I haven't looked back.”

The 24-year-old started his football career playing in the Scotts Head under 6s and slowly migrated north with the goal of playing in a Premier League club.

"I played for the Macksville Redbacks who are a good little club that punches above their weight,” he said.

"We had a strong 2nd Division team, but my goal was to always play in Premiere League so I started making the drive up to Coffs to play that higher level football.”

The transition was an easy one with friends he had played with in rep soccer that were already playing for Coffs City.

"I think the best thing about the club is the culture that surrounds it; it's full of people that are willing to do something for nothing” Goddard said.

"Everyone that jumps onboard and strives to be the best they can be and it's great to be part of a club that have that mentality.”

Finding volunteers to help run events and activities is a challenge for most clubs, but Goddard's ingenious idea of establishing a roster has reduced the burden for CCUFC at least.

"The raffles were becoming an ever-increasingly hard job to fill, so last season I got on to it quick and made up a roster which made it clear who's turn it was,” he said.

"It decreased the burden and most guys realised it was actually a simple 30-minute job on a Saturday night at the club, a small task that makes such a big impact for the club.”

This isn't the first time Goddard has been recognised for his work behind the scenes. Last year he was awarded the NCF Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Month for May for his commitment to a number of teams in the club, most notably, the Under 12s team.

"I don't think I do too much for the club in comparison to others,” he said.

"But it's good to highlight all the things people are doing that help to facilitate the game. After all, the only thing that keeps it going are the volunteers themselves.”



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