The Join In blog: Tagged "Local Leaders"

Join In passes the volunteering baton onto the Sport and Recreation Alliance

Hello from Sport and Recreation Alliance

Welcome to Sport and Recreation Alliance. As we take hold of the reins, we want to highlight our plans for Join In and share what volunteering means to us.

Volunteering is at the heart of sport and recreation in this country. Just last weekend I saw this first hand, very clearly in athletics.

On Saturday morning I, like 100s of 1000s of others, took part in my local parkrun, set up and managed by friendly enthusiastic volunteers always ready with a clap and a cheer on the 5km route. Later on Saturday I had the privilege of attending the England Athletics Annual Awards and Hall of Fame evening. Whilst the room was full of many very well known athletes, past and present, it was the stories of the volunteers that stood out the most. People who had dedicated their lives – in one case more than 60 years – to their sport. (more…)

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Our year in pictures.

Our favourite photos from 2015

Here at Join In, we’re lucky to receive photos of our volunteers on a regular basis. Over the course of this year, we’ve worked with a handful of professional photographers and also received loads of pics taken by just about everyone with a smartphone.

Here are our favourite photos of the year. Look closely to see if you can spot anyone you know!

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Opening up sport on campus with Join In

At Join In, we know sport is often a huge part of life on campus: tens of thousands of undergraduates have fantastic experiences in sports teams and societies while at university.

And the benefits aren’t just about fitness and friendship – research also indicates↑ that graduates who participate in sport at university go on to earn more than those who don’t once they enter the job market.


Carlos at the Run It Launch
Carlos set up a run group from his Intersport store.

Set up a workplace run

Get home quicker. Get fitter. Feel better. Two of our volunteers share their tips to get your workplace run off the ground.

In our increasingly busy lives, finding the time and motivation to go for a run can be challenging. But a new solution is on the scene, one that easily slots into our manic schedules and brings people together to pound the pavement – the workplace run.

We wanted to find out what it takes to put on a run from work and hopefully inspire more of you to set up a workplace running club. And who better to talk to than Carlos Rybeck. As well as being floor manager at the Intersport City store, Carlos also volunteers as the run leader for the in store run club: City Milers. I caught up with him to see what it takes to run a run.


Learn more about local sport with Intersport's Community Boards.

Grassroots sport hits the high street as Intersport opens its doors to volunteers

Grassroots sports groups are taking advantage of the new community initiative from Join In and Intersport. The unique in-store programme supports local sports groups, helping them engage with new volunteers and members.

Intersport and Join In are combining their local sports knowledge to connect sports groups with volunteers. As part of their commitment to sport, Intersport stores across UK high-streets are installing community notice boards – a resource that can be used to engage with the community. The boards enable clubs, groups and events to publicise activities and local volunteer opportunities, and store staff work to connect enthusiastic sports participants with clubs in need.

This amazing resource is already helping bring the wider sporting community together, linking clubs, experts, volunteers and players together under one roof.


As well as receiving expert advice on sporting kit and equipment, clubs and shoppers can use the stores’ local knowledge to grow their clubs or get involved with sport locally.

Hannah Palmer, from Hobbs Intersport in Cambridge, said, “We’re excited to have been the first retailer to work with Join In. There are a lot of opportunities in Cambridge to work with grassroots sport. On 1 March we had the full and half marathon so this was an ideal place to talk about Join In and start this great partnership.”


Jenny Hicklin, super volunteer (Local Leader) at Intersport JW Sports, added, “With the Join In board now in place in our Bognor Regis Intersport shop, community sports clubs see how we can help them by providing volunteers for their events. As a Local Leader, I now have a good ongoing relationship with the proprietors of Intersport, who realise the importance of getting youngsters into sport, and also how Join In can encourage and support this ethos.”

 – Want to find out more about the Intersport community boards? Here’s how it began