He lives and breathes the game day in day out, Bankstown Sports Stars Club President Frank Fruci really epitomizes what it means to be a volunteer for our beloved sport.
The 45-year-old self-obsessed football fan and well-respected figure in the Bankstown & District Amateur Football Association is currently in his twelfth year at the Sports Stars, a club he adores.
The dedication Fruci has shown towards the club is there to be seen on many fronts as the sport celebrates National Volunteer Week.
Chatting to him about his list of duties he attends to on a weekly basis, you quickly understand the amount of time and effort he puts in, ensuring the club and his fellow volunteers are doing their bit for their registered players, coaches, officials, parents and fans.
“My duties are endless and I could easily chat to you for hours on what I do for our beloved club.
“As President my duties and responsibilities consist of many things, the over-viewing of management and administrative operation of the club providing leadership and support to all our members.
“Providing effective communication to all our members, ensuring our club promotes the participation and achievement of its teams, ensuring the club is run efficiently, administratively, financially and socially to support all on-field activities. Planning, creating and implementing highly effective club development plans for the future of the club.
“I also organise club uniforms, register members as well as deal with the Play Football system.
“I liaise with local council, our local association (BDAFA), our fellow club committee members, set up fields each and every Saturday mornings and help out with the cooking duties for our canteen.
“I also manage and coach the Under 15 Girls and Under 16 Division 1 Boys teams.”
The club itself has 30 volunteers on its books, all of which who work tirelessly alongside Fruci in delivering the best football experience possible for each and every participant registered.
Fruci was understandably proud of each and every one of his volunteers praising their commitment for the club and sport.
“Our volunteers hands down have to be the most important people within our club for a number of reasons.
“They enable our club to deliver a community service, help develop and reinforce a social network and cohesion within our community, provide leadership as well as train and manage our teams.
“Without them, there is no football, simple.”
Reading this you get the picture that Fruci really is the heart and soul of the Bankstown Sports Stars.