It’s Big Help Out Hockey
With the EuroHockey Championships in full swing, we’ve teamed up with England Hockey to promote the sport at grassroots level. Get ready for ‘Big Help Out Hockey’.
The ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ initiative will work with amateur hockey clubs across the UK to inspire new and existing volunteers to help out each week at their local clubs and contribute to the #BigHelpOut target of 10,000 ahead of Sports Personality of the Year.
To do this, we’ll promote a number of community hockey clubs and groups – shining a light on volunteers and the huge impact they have in the sport.
We’ve got 1,859 volunteer opportunities at hockey clubs and events that need filling, and there are roles for everyone: club coaches, umpires and event organisers. And they don’t just need help pitch-side; you can help with social media, paint the clubhouse or collect members’ subs – the options are endless.
Throughout the campaign, community clubs with a Join In club page will benefit from a huge audience of volunteers, who will be driven towards hockey. Our network of on-the-ground volunteers will be on hand to work with clubs regionally and help connect and support clubs and volunteers.
“Some of our most important team mates are those off the pitch.” – England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh
Any hockey star will tell you that volunteers are at the heart of hockey. ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ will celebrate the existing volunteer heroes within the sport and highlight the important and diverse roles that volunteers play.
Seven out of 10 grassroots sports clubs still need more volunteers. As our Hidden Diamonds research revealed, each volunteer creates the capacity for at least 8.5 more participants in sport. By connecting hockey clubs with volunteers, ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ will increase the amount of people taking part in hockey across the UK, with more people leading happier and healthier lives through sport.
England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh agreed, “Some of our most important team mates are those off the pitch. The coaches who helped us develop and kept us motivated at club level through to the event volunteers who make each event run smoothly – we couldn’t do it without them.”