The Join In blog: Tagged "Hockey"

Three generations of the Beany family have hockey as a big part of their lives
Three generations of the Beany family have hockey as a big part of their lives

“I have played and umpired for every team in the club!”

Three generations of the Beaney Family now call Surbiton Hockey Club home – for the weekends at least.


“My mother played so I was dragged along and once I was old enough I played alongside my mum in her team. I met my husband at the club and my sister met her husband playing there too! My children, Chris and Richard, both played and their daughters also play.

My husband and I started the Colts here in 1978. We charged 50p a time for the Colts every Sunday.


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Whether it’s at a local triathlon, blind golf tournament, or major hockey championship, there are lots of great volunteering opportunities coming your way. So which will you pick?

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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…)

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…)

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.


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.


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…)

Join In Local Leaders give clubs a Big Thank You

In the build up to the Big Thank You with Get Inspired and Join In, some of our Local Leaders have been busy thanking volunteers around the country for the time they give to sport clubs in their communities.

Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club

The youngsters of Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club owe their enjoyment of their sport to Richard Carter and his team of volunteers.

The Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club Thank You Visit (more…)

Volunteer at the Olympic Park for Euro Hockey 2015

Experience the fun and excitement of volunteering at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – become a Hockey Maker for the 2015 Euro Hockey Championships, 21 to 30 August.

Three years on from London 2012’s hugely popular tournament, the clash of hockey sticks will return to the colourful pitches of Stratford as the top eight men’s and women’s teams from across Europe compete in 40 matches over 10 days.

England Hockey need 400 enthusiastic Hockey Makers in 40 different roles. Could you help stage this major tournament?

You can apply to be considered for up to four roles within:

  • Athletes and officials services
  • Competition logistics
  • Support activities
  • Broadcast services
  • Event services
  • Media services
  • Venue services
  • Commercial services
  • Hosting services
  • Spectator services
  • Workforce services


Volunteers make a huge difference at Beeston Hockey Club.

The spirit of volunteering

As part of the #BigHelpOut, we’re trying to get more people into grassroots hockey clubs. From experience, we know just how beneficial these helpers are…

In the winter of 2013, Join In visited Beeston Hockey Club in the East Midlands to find out more about the role that volunteers play. We think it was the perfect example of a community in action.

Yes, it was February and the weather was freezing, but that didn’t stop us grabbing our sticks and dribbling out to see what was going on in the local hockey scene.

And happily, we found the true spirit of volunteering over at Beeston Hockey Club in the East Midlands – former winners of Hockey Club of the Year.

The club hosted a big event for Join In that summer. Before that, they warmed up with a “Hockey Super Sunday”. The day featured Premier League hockey matches, bouncy castles, kids games, food, drinks and a licensed bar from a local brewery.

Players, supporters and staff all wanted to tell us that volunteers were the lifeblood of the club. They did everything – from running the gate at special events to coaching local kids on the hockey field.

“Hopefully people come, they enjoy themselves today, and then they come back again,” said Martin Keeling, co-chair of the club, echoing the sentiments of sports clubs all over the UK. “None of us get paid, we all do it because we’re committed to the club and want to see it become successful in all respects.”

– Want to get involved in your local hockey club? Then join the Big Help Out!

– Does that sound like your club? Could you use a few more committed members, supporters and volunteers? Make sure you’re part of Join In.