FUTURE PROSPERITY: Phil Jackwitz has said maximising volunteer numbers will be the determining factor of a club’s viability.
FUTURE PROSPERITY: Phil Jackwitz has said maximising volunteer numbers will be the determining factor of a club’s viability. Adam Hourigan

Volunteers key to success for hockey clubs: Jackwitz

HOCKEY: Growing the numbers of volunteers involved in a club is the key to the viability and potential growth of the club according to Hockey NSW Regional Coaching Coordinator North Coast Phil Jackwitz.

Jackwitz will be at the Clarence Valley Regional Hockey Complex early next week to hold seminars with club representatives about the issues surrounding the recruitment of volunteers and how best to navigate them.

"A big drive for me is if we are going to go out there and increase our members from 100 to 200 without the right volunteer structure in place then the clubs will suffer because the growth with outstrip the capacity," Jackwitz said.

"This is about the capacity of clubs to grow further then where they are. Hockey across the state of NSW has not grown in five years. We do need to look at how we can reverse that."

Jackwitz has several ideas for the growth of volunteers in clubs from incentivising volunteer efforts, introducing a volunteers levy to player fees and ensuring the right volunteer is picked for the job not just the first hand up.

"It is not one size fits all - there are some things that will just work well across the board for all clubs and some that won't," Jackwitz said.

"One of the big things is communication and to communicate well to club members."

Jackwitz seminar will be on Tuesday, 6.30-8pm.



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