Most people who volunteer within clubs have a connection with the club. It maybe that they are a current or ex member or that a member of their family is involved. It may be that they live within the community that the club is located.
Regardless of where your volunteers come from there are a few key questions that you should always ask yourselves before recruiting volunteers:
- Why do you want to recruit new volunteers?
- What roles do you want people to do?
- Which skills do the roles require?
- How much time will the role require?
- Who will look after the new volunteers?
It’s a good idea to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator to look after your club volunteers. Volunteer Coordinators are in charge of recruitment and their sole focus is ensuring your volunteers feel valued, developed and supported well as support, recognition and rewarding. You can find out more about this role here.
When you’ve identified what roles you need to fill, three tops tips for successful recruitment are:
- Get to know what people’s skills and attributes are, find out what interests them
- Ask people to undertake specific roles or tasks
- Don’t give them too much to do
Why do people volunteer?
People also have different motivations for volunteering so it’s worth bearing this in mind when you go about trying to recruit them, some of the most common motivations include:
- To give something back
- To meet new people
- To learn something new
So don’t be afraid to ask what they would like from becoming a volunteer
More Young People are becoming involved in volunteering as it’s an excellent way of developing their employability. Take a look at our Young Volunteer pages for some ideas on how you can engage with the younger members of your club and get them involved.
Barriers to people volunteering:
Some people are interested in volunteering at their club, however they may feel that there are barriers preventing them from doing so. We’ve identified 3 barriers below and how they could be overcome:
- ‘Fear of failure’ - Ask what about the role worries them? Then consider what you can do to address this.
- ‘Lack of time’: Can the role be shared? What is a realistic level of commitment for the role?
- ‘I didn’t know the club needed volunteers’: Appoint a volunteer coordinator. Look at how the club communicates with its members and wider. Do you have a Facebook page? Talk to people and spread the word!
Where else can you look?
If you do decide to look for volunteers from outside your club and community, then the following locations are a good place to start:
- Schools / Colleges / Universities
- Volunteer centres
- Local Authority Sports Development team
- Local large employers that might have community volunteering programmes
- Volunteering Wales
- Join In
Remember you’re dealing with people, so what works for one person may not work with another so spend time getting to know the people in your club and make them feel part of the club. Finally, as they saying goes, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”, so don’t forget to ask people to get involved!