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The #BigThankYou runs until 17 December, don't miss the chance to say thank you to the volunteers who run your club

Make their year one to remember: Say a #BigThankYou to grassroots sports volunteers

The Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 provides a chance to recognise the contribution of volunteers

Today marks the beginning of the annual #BigThankYou, the largest celebration of sports, recreation and physical activity volunteers in the United Kingdom. The #BigThankYou campaign is led by Join In (a part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and BBC Get Inspired. (more…)

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Clubs and sports stars from Big Thank You
Don't miss your chance to be part of the #BigThankYou this year!

Make 2017 the Biggest Thank You ever!

Sports volunteers will take centre-stage at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017!

It’s been another sensational year for sport in the UK. And, as ever, behind every triumph and trophy, every point and personal best, have been an army of dedicated sports volunteers.

So, Join In and BBC Get Inspired are thrilled to announce the launch of #BigThankYou – the UK’s biggest celebration of the unsung heroes who make sport happen.

And we need you to help us show the love. Here’s how. (more…)

Local sports club with Big Thank You logo
Get all you need to be part of the #BigThankYou 2017!

Say a #BigThankYou with our toolkit for clubs and groups

Ever wanted to say a #BigThankYou but struggled to find the right words? Or that perfect gesture? Well this December, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re part of a local sport, recreation or physical activity group, you’ll know that it probably wouldn’t exist without the time, energy and enthusiasm of local volunteers.

Here’s your chance to show them how much you appreciate everything they do. (more…)

The local team

Kent FA says a Big Thank You

Helen Seamer, a volunteer with Join In, has been working very closely with the Kent FA supporting their campaign to thank their volunteers and to encourage new volunteers to get involved. Helen met with some of the inspiring young people involved in football in Kent and has written a blog to share her experience and inspire others.

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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. (more…)

Volunteers being thanked
Let's make the Big Thank You even bigger this year!

#BigThankYou toolkit for clubs and groups

If you’re a member of a community sport, recreation or physical activity group that relies on volunteers, then here’s your chance to be part of the UK’s biggest thank you to the people who make them tick

On the weekend of 17-18 December 2016, we’re asking you to be part of #BigThankYou. There are no limits to how you can get involved, but here are some suggestions to get you started:


Create a #BigThankYou moment

We know clubs and groups are busy and many are already run by tireless volunteers. So a simple way to help retain your volunteers is a Big Thank You moment in an existing session.

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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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Dawn, centre, runs Guildford Saints FC with a great team of volunteers and members
Dawn, centre, with the walking footballers.

“Why not make a difference?”

Like many grassroots clubs across the UK, Guildford Saints FC wouldn’t survive without volunteers. But they do, thanks to having their very own saint, Dawn Davies: coach, director, mother, grandmother, administrator and BBC Unsung Hero award winner.

Why did you start volunteering?

My son started playing football at Guildford Saints FC aged 6. I felt it was a very well run club, well supported with lots of members. When the committee asked for more volunteers, I didn’t hesitate to put my hand up and say “I can do that!”. (more…)

Football for everyone with the Skem Men-Aces.

An unsung hero’s tale

Having grown up with spina bifida, Carl Eaton is no stranger to tough times; but the uncompromising love of his parents helped him persevere and inspired him to give something back to his community.

Today, he spends much of his spare time coaching Skem Men-Aces FC, a Skelmersdale-based disability football team. Here’s Carl’s story in his own words…

“I was born in 1962 with a condition known as spina bifida. The doctors advised my parents to leave me in the care of the hospital and start another family; but my mam and dad were fuelled with the exhilaration of their firstborn. The sheer love for each other meant they would never agree with the so-called professionals and they took me home.

The next 12 months gave Mam and Dad huge challenges, and then came son number two. When our Harry was born, he was thought to be in good health, but as the months progressed, it began to show that he had problems. They soon discovered that our Harry had learning disabilities.
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