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The provision of sporting opportunities is largely attributable to the invaluable army of sports volunteers who coach, organise, officiate and support sport in England. According to the Active People Survey around 7% of adults, some three million people, volunteer for sport. This makes sport the second largest sector for volunteering, second only to caring for relatives and friends (The State of Play 2014).
Volunteering in sport isn't just about being a coach or an official - it can involve helping out at an event, organising a lunchtime running group, 5-a-side football league or even rounders in the park! Or perhaps use your IT, marketing, administration, fundraising and management skills to support clubs or just get involved to help and have fun.
Volunteering in sport is a great way to:
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Give something back to the community and make a difference
- Gain experience, confidence and develop new skills
- Enhance your CV
- Volunteering may even lead to possible employment opportunities
Did You Know...?
Sports organisations and groups attract the most volunteers!
Just over half (54%) of those who had formally volunteered at least once in the last 12 months had given unpaid help to groups/clubs/organisations involved in sport/exercise (UK Civil Society Almanac 2016).
Research shows (Join In) that when compared to a group that had never volunteered in sport, those that had volunteered were less likely to feel unhappy or depressed. Interestingly, there was also a direct correlation between happiness and the longevity of volunteering – as those who had volunteered in sport for 10+ years gave the most positive responses.
- 88% of people agreed they had a lot to be proud of
- 87% said their life has more meaning because of volunteering
- People who volunteer in sport have a 10% higher self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience than those who have never volunteered
- Those who have never volunteered in sport are more likely to feel unhappy sad or depressed
- Sports volunteers are 15% less likely to worry, and less likely to feel anxious or cry a lot
- They are 28% more likely to feel what they do has importance
Leicester-Shire and Rutland
ELITE Leadership Academy
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) is on it's second year of the ELITE Sports Leadership Academy, working with 20 young leaders for 2015/16.
The Academy aims to identify and bring together the most talented and committed young leaders from years 10-12 from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to develop, enhance and refine their skills by working alongside other young people and sports professionals. This year the ELITE Sports Leadership Academy will incorporate a County Young Coaches Academy, a County Young Officials Academy and a County Event Volunteering Academy.
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) is recruiting students from years 10-12 to join the ELITE Sports Leadership Academy. The countywide Academy aims to identify and bring together the most talented and committed young leaders from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to develop, enhance and refine their skills by working alongside other young people and sports professionals.
The application process has now closed.
2016 SCHOOL GAMES NATIONAL FINALS
The 2016 School Games National Finals is a multi-sport event for the UK's elite young athletes of school age and will bring together around 1,600 of the UK's best young athletes for four days of sporting competition between 1st-4th September 2016, at Loughborough University! Over 400 volunteers are required to support the delivery of the event.
Find Volunteering Opportunities
Want to Get Involved in Volunteering locally?
If you are looking for sports volunteering and leadership opportunities then use the widget to the right, or click on the links below.
Alternatively you can get in touch with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, who have experienced staff that can help and advise you.