The Join In blog: Tagged "England Hockey"

Volunteering at award-winning Old Silhillians.

At the heart of a hockey club

As a Local Leader and Chairman of Old Silhillians Hockey Club, Stephen Tabb knows how essential volunteers are for clubs who dream big.  

Old Silhillians is a dynamic hockey club in Solihull that gained international recognition after becoming the first British club to be named Club of the Year by the European Hockey Federation in 2015. 

Its Chairman Stephen Tabb has been involved in the sport for a long time. From volunteering at the London 2012 Games as a pitch manager to leading the development of the main hockey club in Warwickshire, Stephen understands the importance of recruiting volunteers.

An inclusive state of mind

Joining the network of Local Leaders was a natural step to help him get more people on board, and he quickly took full advantage.We have a club profile on the Join In website, and they regularly retweet and favourite our requests for more helpers,” he said. “We have no doubt that integrating with Join In will benefit the club in the longer term”.

You do not have to have any hockey background at all to get involved.

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15 years' volunteering at Leighton Buzzards.

Creating that hockey buzz

For 15 years, Katie Jackson has volunteered for Leighton Buzzard Hockey Club in Bedfordshire. We caught up with Katie to hear why she helps and how she managed to raise £6,000.

How and why did you get involved all those years ago?

I was asked by a friend to try out a summer league that Leighton hosted as I loved the sport. I went along and have never looked back since. The longer I was at the club, the more I knew I could do for it. Now I have a “hockey family,” as well as my husband, sister, cousins and nieces who all play at the same club. I’ve always been a giving person, and why not in a sport I absolutely love playing.

How much does your club rely on volunteers?

Voluntary work is important if we want to keep our club going. We have a few people who coach and do other voluntary roles. I organise all the socials, sponsorship, junior teas and help out with coaching, umpiring and whatever else gets thrown my way.

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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…)