The Join In blog: Tagged "volunteering"

The #BigThankYou runs until 17 December, don't miss the chance to say thank you to the volunteers who run your club

Make their year one to remember: Say a #BigThankYou to grassroots sports volunteers

The Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 provides a chance to recognise the contribution of volunteers

Today marks the beginning of the annual #BigThankYou, the largest celebration of sports, recreation and physical activity volunteers in the United Kingdom. The #BigThankYou campaign is led by Join In (a part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and BBC Get Inspired. (more…)

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Local sports club with Big Thank You logo
Get all you need to be part of the #BigThankYou 2017!

Say a #BigThankYou with our toolkit for clubs and groups

Ever wanted to say a #BigThankYou but struggled to find the right words? Or that perfect gesture? Well this December, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re part of a local sport, recreation or physical activity group, you’ll know that it probably wouldn’t exist without the time, energy and enthusiasm of local volunteers.

Here’s your chance to show them how much you appreciate everything they do. (more…)

The local team

Kent FA says a Big Thank You

Helen Seamer, a volunteer with Join In, has been working very closely with the Kent FA supporting their campaign to thank their volunteers and to encourage new volunteers to get involved. Helen met with some of the inspiring young people involved in football in Kent and has written a blog to share her experience and inspire others.

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Colin and Jenny Hicklin, volunteers!

I didn’t know I volunteered!

Colin Hicklin is one of those community-spirited people who regularly help out in his community – but didn’t actually think of it as volunteering.  He has volunteered for the local Cub group, the Judo club and spent many years organising the Pagham Pram Race.

He has always loved sport and, after moving to the south coast, he became involved in the local sailing club.  He is a fully qualified RYA sailing instructor allowing him to operate the VHS radio, Power Boat, and Rescue Boat. He has been issued with a certificate of competence from the RYA which stood him in good stead when he was persuaded to apply to help at the Rio 2016 Olympics by his wife Jenny. (more…)

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…)

Rebecca Birkbeck introducing Join In's 'Making Time' research

Join In is changing

Four years ago, it was time to start making history. Now we’re ready for the next adventure.

Join In began life in a golden summer of sport. Following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we had a simple but incredibly ambitious goal: to create a volunteering legacy for the nation.

This was something that no previous Host City had ever achieved.

Honestly, we had no idea where this would take us. There was no guide. No blueprint. But inspired by the irrepressible energy of the London 2012 Games Makers, we had a good feeling.

And we realised something very important.

Following the London 2012 gold rush, our country was more in love with sport than ever. But it wasn’t just about medals and glory. (more…)

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.

Wendy

“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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Lord's cricket volunteer
Lending a hand at Lord's is one of the many big event volunteer opportunities available

Big event volunteering  

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?

British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships

Catch some of the world’s best players before they go to the Rio 2016 Games. Sample that big event atmosphere in Nottingham from 26-31 July.

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Sue and Graeme – paired on and off the course.

A volunteering match

From marriage to matchplay – how one couple gave back to disability golf. Sue Robertson tells their story.

“I was 38 and a single mum of two. I met Graeme on datingdirect.com, but unbeknown to us we lived less than a mile apart in Wokingham. After a fair bit of correspondence we decided to meet up the day after Graeme’s 40th birthday.

Typical us, we couldn’t decide where to meet so I ended up just inviting him over to watch the tennis together; and when he walked through my door at 6’4”, tall dark and handsome, I was totally smitten!

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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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