Volunteer Hero of the week – Matt Dagger
In this weekly off-season feature we profile a club recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award to highlight the incredible work our volunteers do so that others can enjoy their footy.
This week’s Volunteer Hero is Matt “Dags” Dagger from the Coffs Harbour Breakers where he is a committee member, Ground Manager, and coach of the Under 15 team.
What do you love about volunteering?
Volunteering is a way for me to keep involved with the sport of AFL. I love seeing our Breakers kids out on the ground each Sunday and love being involved in making that happen. It is also a way of meeting new people and a great way to give back to the community.
What’s your favourite volunteering moment?
My favourite volunteering moment is being on the foundation committee that orchestrated the merger of the two Coffs Harbour clubs into one to guarantee the future of AFL in the town. As I’m sure most would understand it could be quite difficult for those previously on opposite teams to come together to do this. All of us involved put any negative feelings aside, and have worked hard to get the club where it is today
What skills has volunteering helped you to develop?
Volunteering has definitely helped developed a lot of skills, particularly in dealing with other people through different negotiations. I think by being on the committee it definitely makes you appreciate the work of others and respect their opinion.
How does your club support new volunteers?
Our club supports volunteers by giving them training and support in their respective roles. A lot of people don’t volunteer as they feel they are not skilled or knowledgeable enough in a particular area whereas with the correct training and support they can become a real asset to their football club.
What would you say to someone who’s thinking about volunteering?
Go for it! It’s a great way to be involved in our great game and, as they say, many hands make light work.
What areas will your club be looking for help in 2020?
Our club is always looking for new volunteers, particularly on game day. I would love for all our teams to have a parent designated as a First Aid Officer or Emergency Response Co-ordinator (ERC) for their team to provide an extra duty of care to our players. Those with a medical background please come forward!
What do you love most about your footy club?
The new families and friends I have met along the way, a lot who have become my closest friends. We are consistently working on our values and culture to create a great family environment. Go Breakers!
The Coffs Harbour Breakers can be contacted at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer or need info on any other aspect of the club.