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The #BigThankYou runs until 17 December, don't miss the chance to say thank you to the volunteers who run your club

Make their year one to remember: Say a #BigThankYou to grassroots sports volunteers

The Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 provides a chance to recognise the contribution of volunteers

Today marks the beginning of the annual #BigThankYou, the largest celebration of sports, recreation and physical activity volunteers in the United Kingdom. The #BigThankYou campaign is led by Join In (a part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and BBC Get Inspired. (more…)

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Clubs and sports stars from Big Thank You
Don't miss your chance to be part of the #BigThankYou this year!

Make 2017 the Biggest Thank You ever!

Sports volunteers will take centre-stage at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017!

It’s been another sensational year for sport in the UK. And, as ever, behind every triumph and trophy, every point and personal best, have been an army of dedicated sports volunteers.

So, Join In and BBC Get Inspired are thrilled to announce the launch of #BigThankYou – the UK’s biggest celebration of the unsung heroes who make sport happen.

And we need you to help us show the love. Here’s how. (more…)

Local sports club with Big Thank You logo
Get all you need to be part of the #BigThankYou 2017!

Say a #BigThankYou with our toolkit for clubs and groups

Ever wanted to say a #BigThankYou but struggled to find the right words? Or that perfect gesture? Well this December, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re part of a local sport, recreation or physical activity group, you’ll know that it probably wouldn’t exist without the time, energy and enthusiasm of local volunteers.

Here’s your chance to show them how much you appreciate everything they do. (more…)

Meet some of the Runners

I was there…

An army of volunteers is needed to make any event run smoothly – particularly a major event. Below are some of the experiences in a variety of roles that the Runners, (or ‘pink army’ of volunteers) for the IAAF World Championships 4-13 August in London, had when they joined in to make 2017 “the best world championships ever”.

Alice Martin was part of Competition Delivery Team, which involved putting out the lane markers and blocks for each race. She also helped with jobs such as putting out the steeplechase hurdles and setting up equipment for the field events.


Behind the scenes with Rosemary, Malcolm, Victoria and Sarah-Jane

Behind the scenes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships

In the aftermath of the successful IAAF World Athletics Championships, we thought it would be a great idea to catch up with a few volunteers who helped make the Championships such a great success.

We wanted to find out their motivations for volunteering, their experiences during the Championships and, of course, their highlights.  This is what they told us.

Rosemary Head has four children and six grandchildren and spends much of her spare time volunteering in her community.  Having already volunteered at London 2012 and Rio 2016, she didn’t hesitate to put her name forward for London 2017.  Her role was in Spectator Services – meeting the public and dealing with their every need. (more…)

The "pink floyd" high five!

Insights and Highlights

We all know that volunteers make sport happen – at both a grassroots level and at major sporting events – the World Para Athletics Championships are no exception. Volunteers (called Runners) share some of the highlights from their volunteering experience at last week’s Championships in London.

Team Leader Ritchie Parrott & the Spectator Services Team

It’s all about Teamwork

One of the overriding sentiments we are getting from the amazing Runners who are volunteering at the World Para Athletics Championships is that they are part of a team.

Someone who knows all about teamwork is Mandeep Chahal from Hounslow.  After his first experience of volunteering, helping a club for disabled children take their students swimming, Mandeep looked for other ways to volunteer. He took advantage of opportunities offered by his employer, BT where he works in IT in the HR department. He joined the BT volunteering team where he participated in community and sporting events.  He found he enjoyed it so much, he now calls himself a “serial volunteer”. (more…)

The local team

Kent FA says a Big Thank You

Helen Seamer, a volunteer with Join In, has been working very closely with the Kent FA supporting their campaign to thank their volunteers and to encourage new volunteers to get involved. Helen met with some of the inspiring young people involved in football in Kent and has written a blog to share her experience and inspire others.

It was good to meet up with some familiar faces

Volunteers Interviewing Volunteers

Sports events would struggle to take place if it wasn’t for volunteers. And large scale events also sometimes need volunteers to actually help interview, place and support other volunteers, when a large number are needed. The role for this type of volunteer is commonly referred to as a Selection Event Volunteer (SEV). (more…)