The Join In blog: Category "Sports clubs & groups"

Fuelling local sport in one London community.

Herne Hill community of sport

Herne Hill in southeast London is one of the most physically active areas in London, where sport is thriving. It takes the dedication of hundreds of volunteers to create such an active, healthy and connected community.

Herne Hill Harriers is a community running club that prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming. They set up a Join In page in 2015 and have attracted more than 10 new local volunteers since then. “We’ve had some great volunteers come through from Join In,” Barbara, the Club Secretary said.

One such local volunteer is Sarah, who lives very close to Tooting Bec, the club’s main training ground. She volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy World Games as an athlete marshal and in the call out room. After that, she was interested in officiating and getting involved regularly at a local club, so she searched for opportunities on the Join In website and found the Herne Hill Harriers.


Recent News

Your club could benefit from one of thousands of new volunteers.
Your club could benefit from one of thousands of new volunteers.

How the Big Help Out can grow your club

The #BigHelpOut aims to find 10,000 new helpers for sport in the lead up to December’s BBC Sports Personality. Make sure your club or group is ready.

Eddie Izzard and Tanni Grey-Thompson launched the #BigHelpOut with Join In and BBC Get Inspired this week. Our mission is to find 10,000 new helpers for local clubs like yours by Christmas. Watch the film below to see how your club can benefit.


Visit How-to – the one-stop resource for grassroots sports clubs and groups.

Share our How-to section in Volunteers’ Week

We’ve launched a free online resource to help grow sports clubs and groups. Check out our How-to for guides, top tips and expert advice.

We hope you’re all having a fantastic Volunteers’ Week↑ – the annual campaign that encourages all of us working with volunteers to take time out to thank them and recognise the amazing contribution they make.

Volunteers’ Week might turn 31 this year but doing recognition well is a timeless lesson. It’s one of the main learning points we took from London 2012; again and again Games Makers told us that a simple thank you is by far the best reward they could receive.


How-to covers volunteering, promotion and management for clubs and groups.
How-to covers volunteering, promotion and management for clubs and groups.

How-to – your grassroots resource


We’re launching How-to – a simple, free, online resource that will help grow grassroots sports clubs and groups across the country.

Recently, we asked community sports groups across the UK what they wanted to help build their clubs. The response? How-to – a unique resource that provides how-to guides, advice, hints and practical tips from clubs, for clubs!

From finding new volunteers and promoting your club to managing club finances, How-to has it covered. You can also find additional support from Sport England’s Club Matters↑ – a one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Join In’s CEO Rebecca Birkbeck said, “We work with thousands of grassroots sports groups every day, but it’s the volunteers within the clubs who are donating their time and building the clubs from within. We wanted to showcase these remarkable volunteers and use their success stories to inspire others looking for first hand advice and ideas.”

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How to find and manage volunteers

Boost your volunteer workforce and help your club to grow.


Join In helps community sports clubs and groups to find more volunteers.
Join In helps community sports clubs and groups to find more volunteers.

Why use Join In for your sports club?

Do you rely on volunteers at your sports club? Could you use a few extra pairs of hands?

Right now, 7 out of 10 sports clubs need more volunteers. As an official Games legacy charity, and the new home of the London 2012 Games Makers, we want to change that. Our aim is to help you find more supporters and helpers in your neighbourhood, whenever you need them.

Thousands of local sports clubs and groups have already added their page on Join In. Here are just a few reasons why:


More people

It’s the big one. Visitors to the Join In website search by postcode for clubs in their area that need a hand. Don’t miss out on reaching potential volunteers near you. (more…)

Hidden diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers

Join In has released ground-breaking research into the hidden value of sport volunteers, going beyond cost to measure the true value they create – through participation, wellbeing, trust and community.

Going beyond traditional valuation methods which use the cost-replacement model, we investigated the true value of sports volunteering to personal wellbeing and happiness of the volunteers themselves, plus the wider benefit to their communities.  

Below is our revealing report into this hidden value.


Add volunteer skills to your Join In club page

Is your club looking for helpers with specific knowledge or experience? Now you can add these volunteer skills to your Join In club page and find the perfect volunteer match.

There are loads of volunteers out there with a lot to give. Among them are those with experience doing exactly the things your club needs, such as bookkeeping, coaching, photography or – like the Man of (Stainless) Steel in our video – catering…

Volunteers will be able to search opportunities by the skills they offer, as well as location and sport. Once you’ve added skills to your club page, it will show in results that match their searches.

How to add volunteer skills to your club page


How to make the most of your Join In club page

Every sports club on Join In has its own page. It’s free, quick and easy to set up. Here we highlight some clubs that have found a winning formula, and share a few tips on what to include on your club’s page to encourage volunteers to contact you.

Clubs like these below are spending only a little time on their Join In pages, but getting big rewards.

(Don’t forget to log in to your club page now, so you can make changes like these. You can even do it on your mobile!) (more…)