Become a Trustee of the Royal Navy Football Association

The RNFA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and was first registered in its current legal form on 17 December 2015.  The Charity was previously an unincorporated association prior to changing to its legal entity.  

The charitable object is to promote the physical efficiency of members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines through the provision of administrative and financial support and facilities to enable past and present members of all ranks of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependants to participate in Football activities.

In order to achieve this, we provide innovative solutions in:

  • Growing our volunteer workforce in all areas of the game.
  • Promoting amateur sport for the benefit of the public by encouraging the participation of young people in the game of Football.
  • Being inclusive and non-discriminatory whilst providing a wide menu of opportunities.
  • To provide new opportunities that meet the needs of current and future generations.
  • Communication to our customers and respond to their needs and wishes.
  • Qualifying and developing referees and coaches.


The Royal Navy recognises that its people are the most important factor in delivering operational effectiveness and values the diversity and range of individual skills and talents of its personnel. It is resolutely committed to ensuring that all Naval Personnel have equality of opportunity for employment, training and advancement based solely on their merits and abilities and can work in an inclusive environment free from any form of intimidation, humiliation, harassment, bullying or other abuse or unfair treatment.  As the most participated sport played in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Royal Navy FA has a key role to play in this strategy of ensuring our people are fit to fight and fit for life.

The Charity is run by an Executive of 10 serving members of the Royal Navy, who have been delegated day to day responsibilities by the board of  Trustees As a member of the Board of Trustees, you will have specific statutory duties, such as ensuring that The Royal Navy FA complies with governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation and that we use our resources responsibly to achieve our aims. You will also contribute to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, ensuring effective financial measures, controls are in place, along with having responsibility for the delivery of the association’s 3-year business plan. The Charity employs a full time CEO and Football Development Manger along with a part time Finance and Development Administrator. The Royal Navy provide a full-time rating in a governance administrator role

We warmly welcome applications from those who are new to trustee/board work as well as individuals who have a proven track record in governance roles. We welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds and are looking for candidates who can contribute greater diversity of representation and thinking to our Board and be fully aligned to our vision and values. 

The ideal candidate would be required to have a strong background in any of the following areas:

  • Safeguarding
  • Sponsorship
  • Media/Communications
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Human Resources
  • Football Governance

This is a voluntary role that is unpaid, but you can claim reasonable expenses if required, such as travel to attend meetings in person. Trustees serve for a term of three years with the opportunity of a further 2 terms. The new Trustees will be expected to commit to a minimum of 3 meetings a year, which are held normally in Portsmouth, in addition to preparation and reading time.

For more information contact CEO Steve Johnson,  or by calling 02392 573025.

To download an application form below.

Closing Date for applications: Friday 7th May 2021 Please send (via e mail only) to:  

Interview Date: Shortlisted candidates will be advised w/c 17th May 2021 and invited to attend a virtual interview w/c 24th May 2021.