Valuing young sports volunteers
It’s important to reward our young sports volunteers so they feel valued and become sustained role models and advocates for sport, physical activity and volunteering as they get older. This could be a simple ‘Thank You’ or providing volunteer kit or pin badges. It could also be the opportunity to undertake further training, having Young Volunteer of the Year Awards, signing them up to Millennium Volunteer Sport Award to get their volunteer hours recognised or offering them work experience and paid opportunities.
Millennium Volunteers is a national volunteer recognition programme for 14-25 years olds coordinated by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. If you have young leaders, Young Ambassadors or young people volunteering at your club then encourage them to sign up to Millennium Volunteers Sport Awards. If they complete 50 hours of volunteering in sport in school, community or your club, they will achieve the MV50 Sport Award which will impress future employers and add weight to University applications. Many young people who achieve their MV50 Sport then go on to achieve their MV100 and MV200 hour Awards.
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Check out the Reward People section on the Club solutions webpage for more information on valuing Young Sports Volunteers.
Nominating outstanding Young Sport Volunteers for awards can be a great way to recognise and reward them. Many organisations in Wales have annual awards to recognise young leaders and volunteers, including: