Helen Glover lends a hand at Goring Gap Boat Club

Want to make a difference in your local community? Learn new skills? Maybe you just want to do something interesting in your spare time, and make new friends? There are lots of different reasons why people volunteer – but they all say the same thing: it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

Local clubs need you

Right now, seven out of 10 local sports clubs across the UK need more people to lend a hand. Without volunteers, they would simply stop – and we’d lose something very special from the heart of our communities (watch our video to find out more).

The good news is that we can all make a difference – just by popping down and offering some help at a local club. Even if you only give a few hours of your time, it could be the start of something life-changing. As well as helping people of all ages to live more active and healthier lives, you could also be supporting tomorrow’s sporting champions.

After all, whenever we speak to our Olympic and Paralympic stars, they always thank the volunteers who helped them along the way. Our volunteers include many of the Games Makers from the London 2012 Games – and being part of Join In is a great opportunity to join them and help create an unforgettable Games legacy.

Who can Join In

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of your background, your experience or your age*, there’s nothing to stop you.

Volunteering doesn’t have to mean a big commitment. Whether you can spare a few hours every other weekend, are freer during week days, or just want help out on an ad-hoc basis, you can find the right opportunity to fit around your life.

What you’ll do

If you have a particular skill you’d like to share – whether it’s coaching or accountancy – make sure you let the club know, and see if they could use your help. But there are plenty of opportunities to help in other ways, such as helping with the sandwiches, driving teams to away matches or helping to organise events. Each club is different – and there’ll always be a way that you can lend a hand.

Take our quiz to find your role in sport

What next?

Simply search by postcode to find the clubs that need help near you. When you find a club you’re interested in, just fill in the simple form on their profile page to get in touch.

They will get back in touch with you directly. And our team of regional coordinators (called Local Leaders) will also be on hand to make sure you find an interesting opportunity to help out. If you get stuck along the way, or simply want a chat, they’ll be happy to hear from you.

Find an opportunity near you today.

More about volunteering

There are plenty of helpful web pages that have more information on volunteering. Here are a few of our favourites:

What do I need to know? from Volunteering England

About volunteering from Do-It

Why volunteer? from vInspired

How to volunteer from GOV.uk

* Unless supervised by an adult, volunteers need to be over 18