England Athletics have launched their latest round of funding of its successful Game Changers programme: a funding and support package available for your club or group to support you in the recruitment of new volunteers.

Opening Up More Volunteering Opportunties

The funding is open to all affiliated clubs, RunTogether groups, and Athletics Associations / Networks or external organisations that work with affiliated clubs in England. The first two funding rounds awarded funding to a wide range of projects, all supporting people aged between 14-25 to take up a volunteering opportunity.

For the third round, they are keen to receive applications from clubs and groups that are looking to make volunteering accessible for people there might normally be barriers for. In particular, they are keen to fund projects that seek to recruit and support volunteers:

  • With disabilities, of any age
  • From a BAME background, of any age
  • From a low-socio economic background, of any age
  • Volunteers aged between 14-25

Volunteering in sport has huge benefits, but there can be barriers – including costs, knowledge of what opportunities and support to take part. This project aims to remove those barriers, supporting you to not only increase capacity and have more help at the club, but also to create positive and worthwhile volunteering experiences for people who might not normally be able to access them.

So far funding has been awarded to over 23 clubs, who between them have recruited nearly 200 volunteers. Exeter Harriers joined the programme this year and recruited 10 volunteers, all existing club athletes, to help to increase capacity at the club. The Game Changers supported coaches in delivering sessions for participants with Down’s Syndrome and it’s had a huge impact on the Game Changers who have been so grateful to have the support to access the opportunities and to give something back to the club.

Apply Now!

If you’d like to apply, please fill out the Expression of Interest form and send to gamechangers@englandathletics.org.

All completed applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 22nd October. It is recommended that Expression of Interest forms are completed and submitted by Monday 8 October, allowing time for completion of application forms. Good luck!


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