Local sports clubs can form one of the cornerstones of a community. To properly function, all sports clubs need players, no little cash and – crucially – volunteers.

Volunteers provide the spine of any sports club, and without them it is difficult to imagine how any club could operate. Without this special and dedicated group of spirited individuals, who willingly surrender their spare time to enable others to take part in the sports they love, grassroots sport simply would not exist.

Making Friends and Influencing People

All clubs need coaches, someone to make the sandwiches, provide the drinks, clean the kit, do the book-keeping…the list goes on. And who knows where it might lead? You could end up taking part in the sport itself. Either way volunteering gives you a chance to be a part of something, to make new friends, to make a difference and to help provide a springboard for others and their possible future success.

The work volunteers do can sometimes go unrecognised, but in December that will change. The UK’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers – the #BigThankYou – will take place on the weekend of 17-18 December.

Sports and recreation clubs from around the UK are being asked to send in photos via social media to give thanks to a volunteer who has made a difference. It will culminate in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, when an array of sports stars will be giving shout-outs to the volunteers who helped them along the way to success.

Volunteers are sport’s beating heart

It’s been another superb year for British sport and it promises to be an inspiring night in Birmingham.

The event is coordinated by Sport and Recreation Alliance (and its partners) after it was recently tasked with continuing to build on the legacy of volunteering in sport, and spreading the message that volunteers are the heartbeat of sport and physical activity across the UK.

The Sport England website has an excellent and very informative section on volunteering that answers some of the most common volunteering questions, and it is well worth checking out.

So whether you want to nominate a coach, a driver or the club secretary, please get nominating your unsung volunteer hero and join the nation’s celebration of volunteers on 18 December and say a #BigThankYou.


KUDOS is delighted to encourage people from all backgrounds to take part in sporting activity at any level, from grassroots to the top.


KUDOS is proud to supply kit to a range of sports clubs across the country – custom teamwear and custom kit that is built for performance and worn with pride.


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