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From the stars on the BBC Sports Personality red carpet to the clubs across the UK, #BigThankYou rang out!
From the stars on the BBC Sports Personality red carpet to the clubs across the UK, #BigThankYou rang out!

Another year, another brilliant #BigThankYou!

Andy Murray wasn’t the only winner on Sunday night. As the nation voted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, thousands of you also helped create the UK’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers.

We are a little stunned to say that – thanks to you – #BigThankYou trended on Twitter for the third year in a row.

From Team GB stars calling up volunteers from the red carpet, to local sports and recreation clubs giving their thanks on social media, it was an incredible evening.

Below you can see our highlights and films from another special evening, all in support of volunteers.

Ryan Giggs makes his #BigThankYou call

Ryan Giggs makes his #BigThankYou call.

L-R: Sisters Ellie and Becky Downie with Claudia Fragapane

L-R: Sisters Ellie and Becky Downie with fellow gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

Swimmer Mark Foster almost couldn't fit in the iconic golden phone box

Swimmer Mark Foster almost couldn’t fit inside the iconic golden phone box.

Plus, the sport sector supported the campaign:

So many clubs got involved too, sharing their thanks for the volunteers that keep them going:

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Football clubs across the UK rely on volunteers

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Scropton RDA Centre celebrates its volunteers

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An overwhelming #BigThankYou for one volunteer

And a final #BigThankYou from all of us at Join In, we couldn’t do it without you!

 

 

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Kent FA says a Big Thank You

Kent FA have been thanking their thousands of volunteers who help make football happen. Read about two inspiring young volunteers who love what they do!

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).

Join In is back on the red carpet with BBC Get Inspired for the #BigThankYou

Join In The Big Thank You 2016

Sports volunteers in the spotlight at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of #BigThankYou – the UK’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers.

On the weekend of 17-18 December 2016, sports and recreation clubs from around the UK will be sending, shouting, tweeting and posting their photos and thanks to the amazing volunteers that make sport happen in all of our communities. We need you to be part of it – so save the date!

On Sunday 18 December, the celebration will culminate on the red carpet at BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Birmingham – when celebrities and athletes will surprise a host of nominated volunteers with a call to say a #BigThankYou.

Last year’s star callers included tennis world number one Andy Murray, British golfer Rory McIlroy, international rugby hero Dan Carter, Paralympic tennis star Jordanne Wiley and Olympic gold medallists, Max Whitlock, Dina Asher-Smith and Greg Rutherford.

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Adam Peaty making a Big Thank You call to a volunteer
Adam Peaty makes a call to a very happy volunteer at BBC Sports Personality 2015

Nominate a volunteer for a #BigThankYou call

Join In and BBC Get Inspired are back on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet for the #BigThankYou to sports volunteers.

If you know someone who keeps your clubs ticking over by lending a hand, nominate them below – and be in with a chance of receiving a phone call from a sports star at the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Birmingham.

By completing this form you agree to the #BigThankYou Terms and Conditions.

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Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!
Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!

Join the team!

On Saturday 27 August, we’re teaming up with our returning lottery-funded Olympic heroes to create the nation’s biggest ever sports day, I Am Team GB – and you’re invited!

Brought to you by The National Lottery and ITV, there will be lots of great ways to get involved, including thousands of fun, free events across the country.

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We've seen the Team GB kit, but how does it all happen behind the scenes?
We've seen the Team GB kit, but how does it all happen behind the scenes?

Behind the scenes at the Team GB Rio 2016 kitting out – Part 1

You’ve probably seen the new Stella McCartney-designed Team GB kit, recently unveiled for Rio 2016. But ever wondered how they get their athletic hands on it? Andrew Hartopp went behind the scenes as a kitting out volunteer…

Part 1  |  Part 2 


“The process started back on 2 June when over 70,000 items of kit were delivered by lorries into hall 3A of the NEC in Birmingham. These items will kit out over 1,200 members of Team GB, from athletes to coaches and back-up staff.

Huge lorries look tiny in the cavernous NEC Birmingham (more…)

Just some of the army of volunteers at the kitting out. Our author Aileen is third from left.
Just some of the army of volunteers at the kitting out. Our author Aileen is third from left.

Behind the scenes at the Team GB Rio 2016 kitting out – Part 2

Continuing our peek behind the scenes of the Team GB Rio 2016 kitting out in Birmingham, Aileen Cronin shares her volunteering experience.

Part 1  |  Part 2 


Day one as a volunteer

I didn’t know what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed. The training the day before set the scene, and it was clear how important the kitting out was by the amount of planning that had taken place. (more…)

Perri Shakes-Drayton talks about being part of I Am Team GB
Perri Shakes-Drayton talks about being part of I Am Team GB

Top 5 reasons to be part of the nation’s biggest sports day

Wondering what all the fuss is about I Am Team GB? Read on to find out why your local sports club, group or event won’t want to miss out (and Perri Shakes-Drayton agrees!)

1. Grow your club

As a nationwide campaign, I Am Team GB is a great way to gain new members and volunteers.

2. Free kitbox

Sign up before 12 August to get a free I Am Team GB kitbox filled with goodies to promote your event and club.

3. Host an Olympian

To celebrate The National Lottery players’ unique support of Team GB’s athletes, sports stars will be heading to I Am Team GB events. Don’t miss your chance to host a sporting hero.

4. Olympic spirit

Capture the nation’s celebratory mood and get more people through your doors in the spirit of the Games.

5. It’s big!

Brought to you by ITV and The National Lottery, I Am Team GB is set to be the nation’s biggest ever sports day. With ITV showcasing events, this is your chance to be part of a national TV campaign. ITV is even switching off for an hour on the 27 August!


– If you’ve already got a Join In Club Profile, login and add an I Am Team GB event on Saturday 27 August. It’s free and easy!

Add an event

– If you’ve new to Join In and I AM TEAM GB, simply create a free page and I Am Team GB event.

Create a club page today

Tanni Grey-Thompson lends a hand at her daughter's canoe club.

Tanni Grey-Thompson gets involved

She’s won 16 Paralympic medals and the London Marathon six times, been appointed Dame of the British Empire, and served in Parliament. Oh, and she also moonlights as a canoe club volunteer.

At Join In, we admire people who don’t just stand on the sidelines and talk a good game. We appreciate those who roll their sleeves up and make a difference. Paralympic hero Tanni-Grey Thompson has been doing just this by lending a hand at Lower Wharfe Canoe Club. We caught up with Tanni and fellow volunteer Chris Kevane to get an insight into some of their inspirational work.

The Lower Wharfe Canoe Club is a family orientated club, with a base at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool and Bishopthorpe on the River Ouse. The club has members of all ages and abilities and teaches canoeing and kayaking all the way up to international level, with its most successful paddlers going on to compete for Team GB. (more…)

#bespecialtogether with the Belfast Cranes.

Be special together

How a Special Olympics basketball club harnessed the power of social media to recruit more volunteers. Club member Shona Pryde explains how the Belfast Cranes did it.

Belfast Cranes were awarded a Northern Ireland Volunteering Small Grant from the Department of Social Development to recruit more volunteers using an innovative approach. We wanted not only to find new volunteers, but also to show our appreciation to our existing dedicated band of volunteers, supporters, and friends.

No campaign, no gain

Our management team, who are all volunteers themselves, began developing ideas for a social media campaign featuring our existing team to recruit new volunteers, with a launch party that would celebrate everyone who helped us get up and running and kept us going during the past two years.

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Jo Harten lent a hand at Meon Netball Club thanks to Join In Founding Partner BT
Jo Harten lent a hand at Meon Netball Club thanks to Join In Founding Partner BT

Netting the winnings

Our Founding Partner BT recently offered community sports clubs the opportunity to win £1,000. We caught up with one of the winners, Meon Netball, to see how they spent their winnings.

Like the majority of sports clubs in the UK, Portsmouth-based Meon Netball is run by volunteers – all of whom work hard to secure much-needed funding for the club. So, winning £1,000 from BT was a real treat for club Chairperson Jo Coker and she couldn’t wait to put it to good use.

Some of the money was set aside for a new training kit, and there was a unanimous decision among the members to spend the rest of the money on a training session with England Netballer Jo Harten↑.

Coker said, ‘The day was a great success for the club. It was full of fun and excitement and we even managed to get Jo into a Meon dress, but unfortunately she couldn’t join us for good!” (more…)