Many clubs rely on those already involved to help with the day to day running of things.
Volunteer roles, more often than not, are filled by members, families and ex-members, as they are easy to get in touch with and they can see or enjoy the benefits of the club first hand. Sometimes all this group of people need is to be asked!
While we encourage you to involve your club community, you may need to start looking outside of this circle for volunteers as your club continues to grow. But where do you start? Who do you approach and how? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
But before recruiting new volunteers, you need to ask yourself a few key questions:
Why do you want to recruit new volunteers?
- What roles do you want them to do ?
- How much time will they need to spend volunteering?
- Which skills do you need your volunteers to possess?
- Who will look after the new volunteers?
The answers to these questions will help you work out what it is you need and how they will be managed at the club.
It’s also a good idea to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator to look after all club volunteers. Volunteer Coordinators are in charge of recruitment and role placement as well as support, recognition and rewarding. You can find out more about this role here
Where can I find new volunteers?
Volunteers from outside the current club set up can bring valuable skills. We recommend approaching the following:
- Local youth groups (eg, Scouts and Guides)
- Volunteer centres
- Local Authority Sports Development team
- Local large employers that might have community volunteering programmes
- Join In
Of course, don’t forget to look at those already involved. Take a look at Creating a Volunteering Culture where we share lots of tips such as keeping a skills register.
Why do people volunteer?
It’s important to understand just why people volunteer. Understand this, and you are more likely to ensure they continue to volunteer in the future.
Reasons for volunteering can include:
- To be part of the local community
- To strengthen CV
- To give something back
- To gain recognition and rewards
- To try something new
- To meet new people
- To increase confidence
Equally, when you are embarking on a volunteer recruitment campaign, consider why people don’t volunteer:
- I wouldn't know how to start volunteering
- I didn't know the club needed volunteers
- I have young children
- I cannot financially afford to volunteer
- I don't have transport to get there
- I don't think I have enough time to commit to a role
- I don't think I have the right skills
If you understand the barriers, you can start thinking of possible solutions – for example, someone who doesn’t have confidence in their skills could be paired up with an established volunteer to show them the ropes? Or maybe someone who is struggling with transport issues could benefit from a lift share?