Brilliant read @PunkStep. My son is 11 and just before and then during the pandemic his club basically fell apart. Started with the head of our age group being removed for using club funds for personal things, theft essentially but difficult to prove. Then the club as a whole had this huge row between various groups over (of all things) a van that had been bought to help deliver food for food banks. This was all going on just as training was returning and I could see how it was all going to end up.
We had another team that had started up locally and was being run by guys I'd known for years from when I refereed in amateur and semi-pro football. While a lot of the kids were new to it and the standard was much lower than where my son had been, he went along and trained with them for a couple of weeks. He loved it so much that he wanted to move there and we did, just about six weeks before the old team folded entirely. Even though he was playing down a level it's actually made him a better player as he had a tendency to hide when playing with the other boys at his old team, who were very close to if not at academy standard. He's thriving with the responsibility and another couple of strong players have joined. The upshot being that they only lost one of 13 league games when they restarted. Non-competitive of course in Scotland but it's been absolutely magic watching them developing as a group. All down to the guy coaching and the guy who oversees the whole club. Potentially looking at a pathway to senior football via the WoSFL as there are plans to register a team in the next few years. All completely impossible without the work of the volunteers.