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.
Get your club involved
On 17 December, join the hundreds of sports and recreation clubs up and down the country showing, sharing, tweeting and posting their gratitude for the dedicated volunteers that keep them going.
Tweet or post photographs of your most dedicated helpers. Hold a #BigThankYou event at your club on the Sports Personality of the Year weekend (16-17 December). Or, just give them a small token of your appreciation – and share the results on social media.
You can also use our ready-made toolkit to make the most of the campaign.
Tune in and tweet
Then tune in on Sunday 17 December as the celebration signs off in style with BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 in Liverpool.
Check out the afternoon preview show on the red button to see your favourite athletes get glammed up and hit the red carpet. We have been collecting ‘selfies’ from hardworking and devoted volunteers. As sports stars walk down the red carpet they will be asked to stop and take a selfie with a volunteer’s image. The photographs will then be tweeted out as a #BigThankYou to both the club and volunteer.
Then, settle in for the evening and watch them celebrate the superhuman heights they reached with a leg-up from the nation’s amazing volunteers. With your help, we’ll get #BigThankYou trending on Twitter again during the show.
Last year’s stars included three-time tennis Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, Olympic gold-medallist. Jess Ennis-Hill, football legend Ryan Giggs, Paralympian hero Hannah Cockroft and multi medal-winning gymnast/Strictly superstar Claudia Fragapane.
This year, we’re expecting even more big names to jump at the chance to thank volunteers. Among them will be gold medal-winning British paracanoeist Anne Usher (nee Dickins).
“Volunteers make a massive difference to sports clubs up and down the country, without them sport simply wouldn’t happen. I would therefore encourage everyone to join me in saying a #BigThankYou to all volunteers at every level of sport.”
I will never forget the fact that it was a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers at my club who transformed me from Paracanoe novice to Paralympic gold medallist.”
Join the Thunderclap
Join our Thunderclap to help us cap off the campaign with a nationwide #BigThankYou to volunteers on the night of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance, working with partners, is continuing to build on the legacy of sport volunteering with Join In. The partnership believes that volunteers are the heartbeat of sport and physical activity across the UK. So, whether it’s a coach that helps build a player’s confidence, an enthusiastic marshal who motivates someone to push a bit harder or the club secretary keeping the books balanced, please join the nation’s celebration of volunteers on 17 December and say a #BigThankYou.
– By sharing your images and Big Thank You messages on social media and email, you agree to Join In and BBC Get Inspired using these in the promotion and marketing of the Big Thank You campaign, now and in the future.