To celebrate National Volunteers Week we'd like to introduce Brett Duffy, a 20 year old Football and Science student from Liverpool John Moores University. We managed to grab 10 minutes in Brett's very busy schedule to have a chat about his experiences as a LFC Foundation volunteer.
WHY DID YOU JOIN THE LFC FOUNDATION/LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME?
Volunteering is a passion and something I’ve done for a long time. I started volunteering at home in Basingstoke, Hampshire to support the local county FA (Hampshire FA); plus I’ve taught the local children on my street how to play football. I’m a massive Liverpool FC fan so was drawn to the city for university, and the volunteer scholarship with John Moores University allowed me to be close to the club and support it in any way possible.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACHIEVE?
Ultimately, I want to be a part of the community, specifically the LFC Community. Going to a match can give you a taste of the club, but volunteering can give you an introduction to the wider LFC Family.
Studying Science and Football, I have an interest in developing my skills to help academically. I’d like to work in sport analysis and statistics, so to learn how the club does this would be a great opportunity.
I also have a passion for working with young people to see the smiles on children’s faces when given opportunities like I had.Finally, I want to forge a relationship with the club. Liverpool FC and football are my passions and, in the future, I would love to work with them.
HOW HAVE YOU DEVELOPED SINCE JOINING THE SCHEME?
I feel that I have developed my confidence. I have mild Asperger traits so sometimes that makes things a bit harder – I was shy at first, but I have learned new skills that I can take back into university and my everyday life. My volunteering journey hasn’t just started here in Liverpool, but it has been a vital aspect for me becoming more confident in a new city, enabling me to make new friends and forge new relationships.
I’ve reinforced my mentality of ‘have a go’ and I’ve accessed many opportunities since starting which have been challenging but very rewarding. Being lucky enough to meet legends and players was also an amazing surprise!
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR EXPERIENCE OF VOLUNTEERING WILL HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE?
Working with other volunteers has been key for me: I’ve learnt a lot from their support. Building strong friendships has also been great, although this wasn’t my reason at all for volunteering, it has been an extra benefit. Building a strong CV is something I feel I will be able to do by volunteering with the LFC Foundation.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH THE LFC FOUNDATION?
The opportunities available are very unique, from supporting sessions in the park to a programme with Malawian coaches; and then the unplanned perks of occasionally meeting the first team players, legends, managers and even the CEO!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSIDERING VOLUNTEERING?
Find something that you are interested in and go for it. Bill Shankly said that natural enthusiasm is the best thing in the world and you are nothing without it; and to me, that rings true.
To me, it’s wrong if it starts to feel like work; but if you wake up with enthusiasm, then it’s definitely for you. That’s why I like volunteering for the LFC Foundation.