The Join In blog: Tagged "Big Help Out"

So many stars made a #BigThankYou call from the golden phone box at BBC Sports Personality 2015.
So many stars made a #BigThankYou call from the golden phone box at BBC Sports Personality 2015.

What a night! #BigThankYou at BBC Sports Personality 2015

What a spectacular night it was at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Once again, the UK’s sporting heroes queued up at the golden phone box to say thanks to the people who make local sport happen – the volunteers.


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Leamington Athletics Academy Summer Camp. Peter is the one carrying the Olympic torch
Leamington Athletics Academy Summer Camp. Peter has the Olympic torch.

My Big Help Out story – Peter Frazier

Peter Frazier overcame adversity to become the world’s first transplant survivor to run a marathon. Last July, he signed up to the #BigHelpOut to give something back to the sport he loves.

In 1978, Peter Frazier had a kidney transplant, and after six years of dialysis he became the first transplant survivor in the world to run a marathon. He then ran seven more and went on to represent Great Britain six times in the World Transplant Games, winning two gold medals. To top it all off, he carried the Olympic torch through Leamington Spa in 2012.

But, like many athletes before him, Peter’s story started at grassroots level. “I joined a local jogging club to get fit,” he said. “The club was called the Centurion Joggers. My club organised a mass marathon in 1980 in Chelmsley Wood. I ran my first marathon – the People’s Marathon – there in 1981. This is where I did most of my training for the Transplant Games.” (more…)

Eddie Izzard will be leading the #BigThankYou for the second year at BBC Sports Personality
Eddie Izzard will be leading the #BigThankYou for the second year at BBC Sports Personality

Eddie Izzard to lead the #BigThankYou to grassroots sport

We’re back at BBC Sports Personality of the Year!

Join In and BBC Get Inspired are joining forces again to lead the UK’s biggest thank you to sports volunteers at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015.

Taking place in Belfast on Sunday 20 December, Join In patron Eddie Izzard will be asking the sporting greats attending the star-studded event and the viewers at home to say a #BigThankYou to the UK’s unsung heroes of sport.

Eddie said: “It’s incredible how many people are investing their time into helping others stay fit and active. Whether it’s friends motivating each other to go out running, an enthusiastic parent collecting subs or the coach taking training each week, there is a whole army of helpers out there, building their communities by making sport happen. We want to celebrate their incredible achievements and everything they do for British sport.”

Live on the red carpet, Eddie will be manning our gold phone box and inviting the stars to phone and surprise outstanding sports volunteers, saying a #BigThankYou for all their hard work. (more…)

"People running by us and other park users were giving us so much encouragement that we were both buzzing afterwards." – Roz
"People running by us and other park users were giving us so much encouragement that we were both buzzing afterwards." – Roz

A running guide

When sports enthusiast Alison Mead lost her sight, she was worried that she’d never run again, but an introduction to Roz was the start of a new running journey for both of them. Alison and Roz share their story.


In 2005 Alison (pictured above, right) lost her sight following a brain haemorrhage and four strokes. After putting on a huge amount of weight, she looked for ways to find support and get active once more.


Help get people of all ages and abilities into sport.

Disability sailing in Hampshire

Making a difference in your community can start with a simple click. Alex Bellars was among the first of the 10,000 new volunteers Join In wants to get involved in local sport and he couldn’t be a better match for New Forest and District Sailability Club (NFDS) in Hampshire.

When primary school teacher Alex Bellars heard about Eddie Izzard’s plea for 10,000 more volunteers to help grassroots sports clubs, he immediately logged on to the Join In website to volunteer at his nearest sailing club. “I heard about Join In before but I joined the #BigHelpOut movement the day the campaign was launched. I’ve always wanted to help with disability and sport and I love sailing, so this was a great opportunity!”

Alex realised how many opportunities were available to him, including one on his doorstep.NFDS appeared at the top of the list when I searched for a club that needed volunteers. I drove past it many times on the way from Ringwood to the local pub without ever actually going there.”


Let's get young people volunteering in local sport.

Giving NCS graduates a sporting chance

Right across England and Northern Ireland this summer, tens of thousands of young people are taking part in the National Citizen Service.

A personal and social development programme for 15-17 year olds, NCS is designed to help young people ‘make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories’↑.

Young people gain a great breadth of experience through NCS, which includes an element of volunteering. But though the three-week programme captures the immediate impact↑, both the graduates and organisations running NCS also have an eye on what happens next.


Join In patron Eddie Izzard at the Chelmsford parkrun
Join In patron Eddie Izzard at the Chelmsford parkrun

parkrun supports the #BigHelpOut

parkrun is working with Join In to support the Big Help Out, our nationwide campaign to inspire 10,000 new volunteers into community sport.

parkrun↑ delivers weekly 5k timed runs (and 2k for juniors) that are at the heart of local communities. Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun, with around 6,000 weekly helpers bringing the community together to create a unique atmosphere that families, friends and neighbours can enjoy.

Whether it’s cheering on the runners, marshalling or even baking post-run cakes – there’s a role for everyone at parkrun.

Event Director at Woodley parkrun in Berkshire, Kerri French, said, “Being a volunteer at parkrun has helped me in so many ways. It has boosted my confidence, especially in public speaking, which has had a knock-on effect on my day job.

For me, parkrun has always been about other people’s running and not my own, and I get a lot of enjoyment from just watching people turn up and enjoy their run with friends.” (more…)

Big Help Out Hockey aims to garner support for hockey clubs across the UK
Big Help Out Hockey aims to garner support for hockey clubs across the UK

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. (more…)

Eddie Izzard launches the Big Help Out at Trafford Athletics Club.
Help Eddie Izzard and Join In spread the word about Big Help Out!

5 quick ways to join the Big Help Out

The #BigHelpOut with Join In and BBC Get Inspired is aiming to get 10,000 helpers into sports clubs across the UK. Here’s some other ways to get involved…

Already signed up to the Big Help Out? Excellent. Now help us spread the word and find even more help for local clubs.

1. Tweet the good word

Here’s a draft tweet to share with your followers:

Local sport happens thanks to blood, sweat & volunteers. Join @eddieizzard and @bbcgetinspired for the #BigHelpOut

You can also download the logo below and share it in any number of ways… (more…)