“I want to volunteer in sport but I’m not sporty!” Does this sound like you? If so, step right this way…
We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be even the tiniest bit sporty to make a big difference to grassroots sports. There are so many different types of volunteer jobs and there are clubs up and down Wales looking for people just like you!
Here’s our Essential Guide to Off the Pitch Sports Volunteer Opportunities in Wales.
If you are good at listening as well as understanding and valuing different viewpoints, you might have what it takes to be a great sports Chairperson. You need to have a passion for the club’s future to drive it forward. You could say it’s a bit like conducting an orchestra, minus the bassoons obviously.
You can find out more about it here.
If you know your balance sheets from your profit and loss and simply love looking at budgets, then the job of club treasurer would measure up nicely.
You will need to deposit cash and cheques into the bank, pay bills and prepare financial reports. You don’t have to be an accountant, you just need to be organised with money and know your way around a spreadsheet.
If you would like more details on the role of treasurer, click here.
A Club Secretary is often the linchpin of the club. You are the person that people come to in order to get stuff done. You love being organised (you may even colour code your filing on occasion) and are no stranger to computer programmes like Word and Excel. You will also need to arrange meetings, take minutes and circulate information. If you would like to share the workload, think about recruiting a Fixtures Secretary and a Social Secretary.
Sound like the job for you? Find out more here.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the tea and coffee urns are definitely the heart of the club. If you want to roll up your sleeves and help out, a sports catering role can be fun and sociable.
Catering can mean different things at different clubs – responsibilities might involve stock control, ordering supplies, arranging simple refreshments or maybe even manning a small cafe. It doesn’t have to be a week in, week out commitment. Consider working on a rota basis or offer to serve up your best Victoria Sponge on match day. (Save a slice for us!)
Often clubs will need to rely on volunteers to ferry teams to and from matches. And if you can cope with a sing song or two, this job would be right up your street. You will need to be aged 21 or older and have held a driving licence for at least two years. If you are over 70 years of age, you need to meet Group 2 medical standards. Check with your GP if you are unsure.
Make sure you check that you meet all legal requirements. If you don’t fancy driving, you could help people on and off transport – particularly useful if you have participants with disabilities.
For more details, click here.
Are you bursting at the seams with fresh ideas to make money? Then, you might just be exactly what sports clubs are looking for…a top fundraiser! Membership fees alone very rarely keep a club going. So if you’re the sort of person who comes up with creative ways to raise money, are good at planning events or maybe filling out grant application forms, please step forward…
There are more details here.
Marketing / Social Media Manager
You can spot a good photo opportunity from a mile off, think up a fabulous comment and hashtag and know how to get a whole lot of likes.
If you have decent writing and social media skills, why not use your talents at your local club? Sharing good news and keeping members up to date is a good way to recruit new members, keep sponsors happy and raise club morale. As well as making a difference to a club, it can also be great experience for your CV.
Sports Medicine Opportunities
If you are a sports massage therapist or a physiotherapist and in need of some experience, the opportunities for volunteers within sport are numerous. Clubs and national governing bodies often take on people at a voluntary level. Just make sure you are suitably qualified and insured.
Feeling green fingered? You will need to be to do this job! But if you know your aerating from your divotting, like being outdoors and take pride in your work, then becoming a Groundsman or Groundswoman is a great to muck in and help your club.
There is more information available at The Institute of Groundsmanship which represents professional and volunteer groundsmen and women and provides training and qualifications.
Club Welfare Officer
If you are the caring type and somebody with an approach that is child and adults-at-risk focussed - it’s worth finding out more about the role of Club Welfare Officer. You will also need to be able to get your head around policies and procedures.
It is the responsibility of all clubs providing sport for children and young people under 18 years of age to have a nominated Club Welfare Officer. Sometimes this job is also called Safeguarding Officer.
You can find out more about this role here.
If you have what it takes to listen to young people and speak your mind, then you would make a great Youth Officer. The job of a Youth Officer is to gather and communicate the views of junior members to the Club Committee. In fact, this might be a great role for a junior member to take on.
A Youth Officer (or Youth Representative) might also encourage and motivate junior members to become young leaders in the club. This type of sports management volunteer work is a great way to build experience for your CV and develop your leadership skills.
A Volunteer Coordinator might just sound as if you delegate work and make sure your volunteers are in the right place at the right time. But it’s much more than that. It’s a great job for someone who has a real passion for people and understands that volunteers are at the heart of the club. If you think you can help volunteers feel valued, motivated and supported, this might just be the job for you!
There is more information here.
Equipment and Kit Officer
Some clubs have lots of equipment – just think about the sports of athletics, rowing, sailing and gymnastics. And this equipment all needs setting out and then storing away safely after each session. It will also need maintaining in order that it meets health and safety standards. Sometimes, competition kit will need to be organised. And if you’re handy with a needle and thread? Even better!
If you’re a multi-tasker and love a big project or event, we’ve got just the job for you. Whether it’s a rowing regatta, a swim meet or a cyclo cross race, all competitions require hard work and planning. From marking out courses and gathering entry registrations to organising marshals and arranging medal ceremonies, somebody has to take the lead. But be prepared to juggle – and look forward to the after-party!
Enjoy talking to a crowd and know your sport inside out? Then consider volunteering as an Event Announcer. You will need to be able to speak clearly and provide accurate information. Sometimes, you might have to talk off the cuff or respond to action happening on the field of play, so confidence is a must in this job. If you’re happy on the mic, you could also serve as master (or mistress!) or ceremonies at fundraising events and awards nights.
Something a bit different!
Some sports have very specific roles. For example, ramp assistants are required in the Paralympic sport of boccia. Those taking part in disability sailing might need help getting on and off the water. As long as you have a ‘can do’ attitude, and are willing to learn, there are plenty of volunteer roles – some you won’t even have thought of. Find a club and ask how you can get involved!
Local sports clubs need volunteers with lots of different skills and so too do governing bodies of sport. Board level roles across Wales are advertised by the Welsh Sport Association.
Club Solutions was created to help sports clubs and volunteers in Wales. So, if you have any further questions about where you can volunteer, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team, or let’s chat on social!