Supporting your volunteers
What do your volunteers need from your club?
This will depend on:
- Your club’s goals and ambitions
- The size of your club
- Your sport
- Your members, players and participants requirements
Reviewing your club’s volunteer workforce regularly will help you support and keep your volunteers. Areas to review include:
- Appropriate and up to date coaching qualifications
- Appropriate insurance cover
- Minimum coaching age
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable groups
- First Aid
Check with you National Governing Body for more information as these will vary between sports
Recognising your volunteers
Simple, cost effective ways to help retain and celebrate your volunteers include:
- Celebrating birthdays by sending a card or presenting them with a cake
- Celebrating length of service or milestones in the project like introducing a volunteer recognition certificate
- List volunteers in external and internal communications including newsletters, annual reports or a website
Other ways in which you can make sure your volunteers are recognised within the clubs are:
- Give them positive feedback from participants or parents
- Fund some volunteer training to show you are investing in them
- Credit your volunteers in local and social media and newsletters
- Introduce pathways to paid employment
- Include your volunteers in planning discussions and consultations
- Ensure they are kept up to date of any club developments and news
Nominating volunteers for in house, local, regional and national awards is another way to recognise the work of your volunteers. Some award schemes to consider could include:
- County Durham Sport & Physical Activity Awards – These celebrate the success and achievement in sport and physical activity in County Durham.
- Northern Echo Local Heroes Awards – Local Heroes celebrates, recognizes and rewards achievements in grassroots sports. As well as discovering the regions most talented sports people.
- County Durham Volunteering Awards –Recognises and celebrates the work done by volunteers across County Durham.