Most clubs wouldn’t function without their volunteers. So it’s a really good idea to make sure your volunteers are valued, developed and supported. One way of doing this is to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator.
On this page you can find out what the role involves and how it can benefit your club. On top of that, find out what support is available to all Volunteer Coordinators across Wales and how you can become part of an exciting, new network.
What is a Volunteer Coordinator?
The Volunteer Coordinator plays a key role in making sure a strong volunteering culture exists within clubs. Their focus is on ensuring that everyone who volunteers at the club feels valued, developed and supported and has the confidence and knowledge to undertake their roles to the best of their ability.
The volunteer co-ordinator will also lead on the recruitment of volunteers for new and existing roles within the club.
What are the benefits of having a Volunteer Coordinator?
By having someone whose specific role is to look after the volunteers in your club, makes a real statement that your club values its volunteers. This can make a big difference not only when you’re looking to recruit new volunteers but also to holding on to your current ones.
Ideally the volunteer coordinator will not have any other role within the club, as this will hopefully give them the time to get to know everyone whose part of the club and find out what support they’d welcome.
We’d like to get to the stage where people don’t have to take on multiple roles in our clubs and that we have the right people in the right roles. Appointing a volunteer coordinator is the first step to achieving this.
3 improvements clubs should see are:
Peoples skills are matched to appropriate roles
Communication with its volunteers improves
The club plans ahead to see which roles it needs to achieve its goals
Is there any support available?
Yes! Sport Wales, together with the National Governing Bodies for sport, would like to build up a network of Volunteer Coordinators. We are working with a number of National Governing Bodies to develop a volunteer coordinators toolkit that will contain information and resources to help get you started in the role all of which will be available on the Club Solutions website. To kick things off, download our Volunteer Coordinator Role Description