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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…)

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Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!
Be part of the team – say you're #IAmTeamGB today!

Join the team!

On Saturday 27 August, we’re teaming up with our returning lottery-funded Olympic heroes to create the nation’s biggest ever sports day, I Am Team GB – and you’re invited!

Brought to you by The National Lottery and ITV, there will be lots of great ways to get involved, including thousands of fun, free events across the country.


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.


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…)

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.



Ben Rowlings passed on conditioning tips to the members of Redditch ABC's Disability Boxing Programme

Q&A: Ben Rowlings on wheelchair racing and the people who helped

In between volunteering at Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club and preparing for Rio 2016, wheelchair racer Ben Rowlings spoke to Join In about his sporting journey.

Tell us about the volunteers who’ve helped you along the road?

I’ve had a wide range of volunteers help me throughout my career. People like my coach Job King who has been my coach from day one, my family who drive me to competitions, and then all the officials and volunteers at events who make sure they run smoothly so I just have to worry about competing.

How long have you been a member of the Coventry Godiva Harriers?

I’ve been part of Coventry Godiva Harriers for three years. This has allowed me to have consistent, good quality training on great facilities, so I can train quick to help me race quick. (more…)

Join In welcomes Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to the Board

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE has been appointed as a non-executive director to the board of Join In, a London 2012 charity that puts more volunteers into community sport.

The former GB wheelchair racer and one of the most successful British Paralympic athletes of all time, was made a DBE in 2005 for her services to sport and appointed a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 2010.

“I have been an on going supporter of Join In and was honoured to be asked to join the board”, commented Baroness Grey-Thompson, who is well known for her parliamentary work and interest and influence in sport.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of sport, without them, sport as we know it would not exist and I believe that they should be praised, encouraged and thanked. Join In is the only charity that celebrates and supports volunteers and their contribution to grassroots sport. I look forward to working with the Join In team as we continue to inspire people to help out within sporting communities.” (more…)

2014: A year in review

How does a UK sports volunteering charity hit the headlines? In 2014, the answer for Join In was a string of high profile collaborations. Read about our amazing 2014 in the Join In Journal, below.


Gallery: Rebecca Adlington visits Manchester Handball Club

With the rise in popularity of handball since London 2012, there’s an increased demand for volunteers. The Men’s Handball World Championship 2015 has just finished in Qatar, so we look back at Rebecca Adlington lending a hand at Manchester Handball Club.

Handball is an exciting, fast moving sport and there are clubs that need your help across the UK. As Rebecca Adlington showed you don’t need to have a background in handball to lend a hand at a club. There are a wide variety of roles, such as bookkeeping, helping with social media and making the teas that are crucial to supporting the success of clubs and the growth of handball in the UK.