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Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals part II

People’s work skills can be hugely beneficial to sports clubs. In the second part of our volunteering professionals blog, we see how three BT employees raise funds and balance the books.

Part 1 | Part 2

Anthony, accountant


Full name: Anthony Raisbury
Day job:
Former Management Accountant and now Sales Account Manager

Volunteers at: Welford Mixed Hockey Club (more…)

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Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals

Your workplace skills could make a real difference to a local sports club. In the first of our two-part series, we see how BT employees put their professional savvy to effective use.

Part 1 | Part 2

Tori, web designer and social media whizz


Full name: Tori Brady
Day job:
Customer Experience

Volunteers at: Ponteland Rugby Club in Newcastle upon Tyne (more…)

Start your own cycling group. Get inspired by Kirsty Cameron and her friends!

Le Tour de Forfar

Want to start your own cycling group? Then read how Kirsty Cameron did it and get on your bike!

When most people think of cyclists, they think of lung-busting climbs during the Tour de France or rakish enthusiasts whizzing along the UK’s motorways every Sunday.

However, as Join In Volunteer Kirsty Cameron proved, cycling is for everyone. A couple of years ago, she set up a women’s cycling group in Forfar, Scotland. Here’s how she did it:



Braintree BMX: creating a culture

Award-winning Braintree BMX encourage their members to lend a hand at the Essex-based club. Volunteer fundraiser Carol Redgewell tells us how they recruit and support their volunteers.

“Here at Braintree BMX Club, we think we have created a culture of volunteering. But we don’t recruit new volunteers, we encourage our members to get involved and help out. We find that this really helps new members feel part of the club.

What we do is very simple. We include all new members in all of our activities, including committee meetings. It’s really important to encourage our existing volunteers to mentor the less experienced members and encourage them to help out.


Become a cycling volunteer with Breeze

Become a British Cycling Breeze Champion

Follow in the tyre tracks of Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dame Sarah Storey by inspiring women to get cycling – apply to become a British Cycling Breeze champion.

The Breeze network, a British Cycling initiative funded by Sport England, aims to get more women cycling by offering fun, friendly and social bike rides – led by women, for women.

There are already 1,000 Breeze champions leading rides on a daily basis. And with interest in cycling booming since Team GB’s gold-medal successes at London 2012, many more are needed.


Meet the club: West Riding Track League

In 1885 the first recognisably modern bicycle was manufactured, in 1888 came the first practical pneumatic tyre for bikes – and in 1897 the first cycle races took place at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Today the grass velodrome – one of only two still used in the UK – is home to West Riding Track League, a 13-week series of races attracting cyclists from more than a dozen clubs across Yorkshire.

Meets take place every Monday evening between mid May and early August, when the days are longest – although only if it doesn’t rain!

“We’re a big cup league. About 140 people sign up for our events, all ages from 5 to 65,” said Mandy Parker, a volunteer who’s been organising West Riding Track League for several years.

West Riding Track League back in the day (more…)

Tour de ITV: The Movie

On 1 July, Join In volunteers supported a dozen celebrities as they cycled the Tour de ITV from The Rovers Return on Coronation Street, over the Pennines, and up to the Woolpack in Emmerdale.

The intrepid cyclists were Emmerdale stars Gaynor Faye, Nicola Wheeler, Jamie Shelton and James Hooton, Coronation Street’s Colson Smith, Good Morning Britain presenter Laura Tobin, 911 singer Jimmy Constable, and TV presenters Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries. Helping them on their way was celebrity volunteer Lee Brennan, Jimmy’s 911 bandmate.

The event was part of the ITV Local Heroes campaign, which aims to encourage people to  volunteer with sports clubs and groups in their local areas. We caught the fun on film.


Phil the JILL: Tour de France Tour Maker

Join In Local Leader Phil Madeley was a Tour de France Tour Maker on the Cambridge-to-London stage of the world-famous cycle race. Here’s his account of his day of volunteering.

Among the anticipated 1 million spectators lining Stage 3 of the Tour de France were some of the 10,000 blue-shirted, green-jacketed Tour Makers. Their job: to man the crossings, warn of obstacles and generally help the public. (more…)

Volunteers help keep the Tour de ITV wheels turning

As a group of star cyclists tackled the climbs of the Pennines on the Tour de ITV, a small band of Join In volunteers helped to keep them on the move.

The dozen helpers included 911 singer Lee Brennan, whose bandmate Jimmy Constable was among the riders on the 60-mile route from the Rovers Return in Coronation Street to the Woolpack in Emmerdale. (more…)

Laura Tobin tells us her Tour de ITV story

Good Morning Britain weather presenter Laura Tobin took on the Tour de ITV for the ITV Local Heroes campaign. This is Laura’s account of her 60-mile cycle over the Pennines.

– ITV Local Heroes aims to encourage more people to volunteer with their local sports clubs, and is supported by Join In. Sign up and become a local hero in your community.