The Join In blog: Tagged "officiating"

Fuelling local sport in one London community.

Herne Hill community of sport

Herne Hill in southeast London is one of the most physically active areas in London, where sport is thriving. It takes the dedication of hundreds of volunteers to create such an active, healthy and connected community.

Herne Hill Harriers is a community running club that prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming. They set up a Join In page in 2015 and have attracted more than 10 new local volunteers since then. “We’ve had some great volunteers come through from Join In,” Barbara, the Club Secretary said.

One such local volunteer is Sarah, who lives very close to Tooting Bec, the club’s main training ground. She volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy World Games as an athlete marshal and in the call out room. After that, she was interested in officiating and getting involved regularly at a local club, so she searched for opportunities on the Join In website and found the Herne Hill Harriers.

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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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What's it like to umpire in a Wimbledon final?

Two Wimbledon finals, but no one knows his name

It’s the 5th of July, 2014. His heart thumps. The roar of 15,000 people echoes around SW19. The air itself seems tense. 

He has worked his whole life for this moment. He walks onto Centre Court to take part in the most important match of his life: the Wimbledon final.

As women’s champion Petra Kvitova hits the cross-court winner, Nathan Watt breathes a sigh of relief. He has just completed his first Wimbledon final. And this year, the man who has been line umpire for Roger Federer and Andy Murray, will do it all over again. But how did Nathan go all the way from tennis enthusiast to a Grand Slam final?

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