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Don't miss your chance to be part of the #BigThankYou this year!

Make 2017 the Biggest Thank You ever!

Sports volunteers will take centre-stage at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017!

It’s been another sensational year for sport in the UK. And, as ever, behind every triumph and trophy, every point and personal best, have been an army of dedicated sports volunteers.

So, Join In and BBC Get Inspired are thrilled to announce the launch of #BigThankYou – the UK’s biggest celebration of the unsung heroes who make sport happen.

And we need you to help us show the love. Here’s how. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

Visit How-to – the one-stop resource for grassroots sports clubs and groups.

Share our How-to section in Volunteers’ Week

We’ve launched a free online resource to help grow sports clubs and groups. Check out our How-to for guides, top tips and expert advice.

We hope you’re all having a fantastic Volunteers’ Week↑ – the annual campaign that encourages all of us working with volunteers to take time out to thank them and recognise the amazing contribution they make.

Volunteers’ Week might turn 31 this year but doing recognition well is a timeless lesson. It’s one of the main learning points we took from London 2012; again and again Games Makers told us that a simple thank you is by far the best reward they could receive.

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How-to covers volunteering, promotion and management for clubs and groups.
How-to covers volunteering, promotion and management for clubs and groups.

How-to – your grassroots resource

 

We’re launching How-to – a simple, free, online resource that will help grow grassroots sports clubs and groups across the country.

Recently, we asked community sports groups across the UK what they wanted to help build their clubs. The response? How-to – a unique resource that provides how-to guides, advice, hints and practical tips from clubs, for clubs!

From finding new volunteers and promoting your club to managing club finances, How-to has it covered. You can also find additional support from Sport England’s Club Matters↑ – a one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Join In’s CEO Rebecca Birkbeck said, “We work with thousands of grassroots sports groups every day, but it’s the volunteers within the clubs who are donating their time and building the clubs from within. We wanted to showcase these remarkable volunteers and use their success stories to inspire others looking for first hand advice and ideas.”


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How to find and manage volunteers

Boost your volunteer workforce and help your club to grow.

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