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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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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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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…)

Join In is working with BBC Get Inspired to get 10,000 helpers into local sport.
Join In is working with BBC Get Inspired to get 10,000 helpers into local sport.

Join In and BBC Get Inspired launch the #BigHelpOut

Ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Join In patron Eddie Izzard and Tanni Grey-Thompson launch #BigHelpOut with BBC Get Inspired.

Coaches and cheerleaders, guide runners and groundskeepers, referees and Rugby World Cup volunteers – these and thousands more keep sport thriving.

And you can be a part of it too.

HELP OUT WITH JOIN IN

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Behind the scenes at BBC Sports Personality

This year BBC Sports Personality of the Year invited 500 volunteers from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles to attend the awards. Join In volunteer Lisa Blythman-Wood was one of the lucky Clyde-siders invited to the star-studded event in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

I have watched the BBC Sports Personality of Year for years, voting for my favourite sportsmen and women, cheering on my fellow Games Makers in 2012. But, this year was going to be so very different.

For once I didn’t have to spend hours deciding what to wear, it was simply going to be my distinct Games-time red and grey uniform with a little added sparkle. Putting it on always made me feel proud and honoured. It gives everyone the license to say hello, ask me to be an impromptu photographer and for strangers to talk to me on the train.

I boarded my flight to Glasgow on Sunday and quickly realised the plane was packed with sporting elite. Sitting next to Gary Street (head coach of the England Women’s rugby team), in the same row as Paul Vice (awarded the Military Cross and medalist at the Invictus Games), Jonny Wilkinson behind me and the Women’s Rugby World Cup winners (about to be Team of Year) in front of me, I knew that the evening’s celebration was going to magical. (more…)

Join in the BBC Sports Personality Big Thank You!

Comedian and Join In patron Eddie Izzard led the nation’s biggest ever thank you to sport volunteers at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Live from the pre-show red carpet, Eddie and some of the UK’s favourite sporting stars surprised remarkable volunteers with thank you phone calls from a golden phone box.

They also recorded this special film to spread their personal thank you messages to all the other incredible sport volunteers around the country.

Big Thank You goes global!

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