A recent report uncovered the real value of volunteering in sport, and along similar lines England Athletics have launched a Youth Volunteering resource that provides guidance and advice on how best to recruit, support and retain young volunteers.
Benefiting both volunteers and the wider athletics community
The Youth Volunteering resource was initially developed to support clubs in providing a positive experience for young people aged between 14-25 in volunteering opportunities at a club. However, the information included in this online resource also provides advice and guidance on recruiting, supporting and retaining young volunteers to all members of the Athletics and Running community.
The online tool can be accessed by anyone wanting further information and support in this area, and is an excellent resource for athletics and running clubs.
The benefits of getting involved is a two way street, with the individual benefiting every bit as much as the club for which you are working. A strong and well run volunteering programme assists with developing volunteers’ confidence, self-esteem and community leadership skills, with an added opportunity to gain qualifications or even win awards. The resource helps to spell out:
- Why involve young volunteers in your organisation?
- Benefits for the young volunteer
- Benefits for the club
- Benefits for the wider community
- Motivations for volunteering
- The Streetgames FABS model (fun, altruism, belonging and self-development)
Volunteering offers a range of roles and opportunities
A young volunteer can fulfil many roles with the right support structures in place. Athletics and running offer up a whole host of volunteer roles, ranging from running local sport sessions, stewarding or assisting at large-scale sports events, to learning how to coach and design youth-led activities.
Click here to download the resource.
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