The Join In blog: Tagged "Rugby"

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…)

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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…)

Kids enjoying rugby
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10 things only a rugby coach will understand

Everyone may be glued to the Six Nations at the moment, but community rugby clubs across the UK will still be out in full force this weekend (no doubt looking for the next Billy Vunipola or George North). Join In highlights the emotional rollercoaster that rugby coaches across the UK go through week in, week out.

I’m sure Eddie Jones can empathise with a few of these…

When you try to fit in with your U11s team…


How one rugby club stays ahead

Would you like tips and inspiration to boost your membership and grow your club? Then look no further than the evolution of Bolton RUFC.

As Deputy Junior Chairman of Bolton Rugby Union Football Club, Peter Gore has brought rugby into the lives of hundreds of young people. At the helm of a thriving club that saw under 16 membership increase by a third last season, Peter is a real expert at attracting more people to the game.

Luckily for Join In, he’s as generous with his insight as he is with his time as a volunteer, sharing the inside story of Bolton RUFC’s transformation.

So Peter – why rugby?

Because it’s my sport. I played from the age of 10. I joined Leigh RUFC at 15 and played for them until my late 30s. When my son joined the under 9s at Bolton, I was asked to return as a coach. I never looked back. It’s for the love of the game, and because I see youngsters get so much out of it on and off the pitch. It’s given me the chance to give something back and help others have the same fun I got out of the game. (more…)

Innovation, Inclusivity and Imagination: A Grand Slam of Volunteering

When Local Leader Helen Seamer visited Folkestone Rugby Club to talk about Join In she discovered an incredible group of volunteers that keep the club thriving. Helen shares their story with us

“My visits to local sports clubs are the best part of my role as a Join In Local Leader, it’s always fascinating to note the similarities but also the differences in the way grassroots sport clubs are run.

Join In volunteers Abi and Scarlett direct parking in a familiar local club scene.


Rugby international Geoff Parling returns to his first club

Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling has 21 caps for England and three for the British Lions. Like any big sports star his career began at a local club – Stockton RFC.

Geoff took Join In back for a visit and to pass on his skills to the youth teams, using his own free time just as his volunteer coaches did when he first learned to play. “If it wasn’t for volunteers, I wouldn’t have made a living out of rugby,” he said.

“I think you should always recognise what got you started in rugby, and for me that was the coaches that are here today, this rugby club,” added Geoff.


Lend a hand: Geoff Parling’s volunteer hero

England and British Lions lock Geoff Parling pays tribute to his childhood coaches.

I came to rugby late. Growing up on Teesside, I started off with football so it wasn’t until I was 12 that I went along to my local rugby club at Stockton. That’s where I met Nick Moore. He worked as a builder, but every Tuesday evening and Sunday he volunteered at Stockton as our coach.

In some clubs, you pass from coach to coach as you get older, but at Stockton, Nick stayed with us all the way through to 16. I firmly believe that without him I wouldn’t have gone on to have a professional career in rugby, or to play for my country. He had a gift for creating the sort of team spirit and environment that kept me coming back, wanting to learn more.



Props and pinnies

Who said big men can’t do the dusting? When Join In turned up at Bolton RUFC in March, there were more than a few surprises in store.

It was the perfect weekend to be pitch-side. As the Six Nations tournament reached its exciting (that’s cyffrous in Welsh) climax, we got to meet some the people who keep one of Britain’s best-loved grassroots rugby clubs running.

Bolton RUFC has four senior men’s teams – making it a great club for players of all experiences. ”No matter what ability you are, there’s a place on the pitch for you and a team for you… and that’s the same with volunteering,” says BRC Junior Chairman, Jim Sharples.