Join In's Top 10 blogs of 2015
What were your highlights from a great year in volunteering?

Join In’s top 10 blogs of 2015

In 2015, our blog covered everything from korfball to blind golf. We bring it to a close with some of our favourite blogs from the past twelve months.

10. Fat boy Slimmer

Ben Fairburn once weighed twenty-three stone, now he weighs fifteen. Ben wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the help of volunteers. Here is his inspirational story:

Fat Boy Slimmer

The transformation of Ben before and after running is remarkable.


9. Mara’s Journey

What makes marathon runner Mara Yamauchi’s story so unique? We look at the how someone who grew up in Kenya and studied at the University of Oxford went on to finish second in the London Marathon.

Read Mara’s story

Mara at the end of the 2010 New York Half Marathon


8. From GamesMaker to gold medal prospect

Stephanie Slater’s dream of competing in London 2012 was left in tatters when she lost the use of her arm. However her work as a GamesMaker inspired her to get back in the pool and compete in Rio 2016.

Steph’s Gold vision

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7. Boxing in Brixton

Brixton’s Afewee Boxing Club provides an opportunity for kids from often less privileged backgrounds to get together and practice boxing. Head Coach Bobby Militiadous gave us an insight:

The Afewee story

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6. Running with Will

How volunteering at parkrun helped young Will overcome some of the difficulties of autism and embrace a whole new community.

The parkrun effect

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5. What’s your role?

Interested in volunteering but unsure which role suits you best? Take our #BigHelpOut quiz to find out.

Find your role in sport

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4. Sport for everyone

We spoke to two of the 18,000 volunteers across the UK who are part of the Riding with the Disabled Association.

Riding through adversity

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3. Behind the scenes

Running events take a lot of commitment and organisation from the volunteers who make them possible. We reckon there is one for each letter of the alphabet. Take a look!

What letter are you?

Time keeping at a run


2. Forty years undefeated

What are the ingredients to making a Youth Football Club run for longer than 40 years? We spoke to the chairman of Jubilee 77 to find out what has made his club thrive.

How they do it..

Jubilee 77's volunteers show what can be achieved with a bit of lateral thought.


1. Pitch Perfect

Arsenal needs a perfect pitch to play perfect football. This wouldn’t be possible without Arsenal grounds man Reece Watson. Reece gave us an insight into is work.

The perfect pitch

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– We wrote lots of stories in the past 12 months that didn’t make the list. If you would like to read about David Haye’s surprise visit to a boxing club, the amazing story of a sighted guide at parkrun, setting up your own cycling group, gymnastics, korfball, the UK’s blind golfers, or the reasons why Dave Moorcroft runs, then take a read!

– Would you like to be part of the UK’s volunteering story. Then get involved a club near you

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