One of non-league football’s unsung heroes who gives countless hours each week for her beloved Farsley Celtic has scooped a prestigious volunteer award.
Caroline Harriman has been recognised as the Vanarama National League North October Volunteer of the Month.
Caroline says she ‘started off being a bossy parent helping in her son’s team’ but her volunteering started in earnest in 2015 in the role of Club Welfare Officer, and after working as Development Secretary and Assistant Club Secretary, she was promoted to Head of Football Administration in 2019.
She is the single point of contact for all football-associated matters across the club, including the first team, women’s team, academy teams and our many junior teams.
Over the past few weeks, she has also taken 15-year-old Emily under her wing after being told she dreams of one day working in football.
As well as running matchday operations, Caroline is the single point of contact for all football associated matters across the club; this includes the first team, women’s team, academy teams and the many junior teams at the club.
It’s a large role but she told the club website: “Fortunately, there any many other volunteers at the club who support me, and we definitely work well as a team, and I can delegate some tasks.
“The majority of my time is spent dealing with first-team matters, such as player registrations/contracts, discipline, match arrangements and making sure we are compliant with the many FA and league rules.
“I also run the first team match day operations and am generally the organiser of football matters.”
Caroline’s love of the club also shines through. She added: “Farsley Celtic is absolutely in my heart, and I am very passionate about it. In fact, I am too passionate sometimes, I usually have a lot to say about all club matters!
“I have had to learn to concentrate on things within my control only and occasionally have to tell myself to “wind my neck in”.”
In a statement, Farsley Celtic said: “Caroline is one of Non-League football’s unsung heroes and fully deserves a lot of credit for the hours she dedicates to the club. Congratulations, Caroline!”
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