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Sport is 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

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.

Leicester-Shire and Rutland ELITE Leadership Academy

24 young leaders have been selected to join the 2017/18 ELITE Sports Leadership Academy and will have access to bespoke training sessions over the next year. They will also be deployed to support the delivery of sport and physical activity at local schools, sports clubs and events.

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.

Elite Leadership Academy Graduate said:

"Thank you so much for allowing us this opportunity to develop and to grow in confidence. It has also opened my eyes to the coaching and leading world out there."

Elite Leadership Academy Graduate said:

"It has helped me not only to grow as a leader, but also as a person and has opened the doors for me to get into coaching / officiating / any roles in sport which I may not have initially looked at. My confidence has grown in immeasurable amounts".

Additional Links

For more information please contact:

Noel Haines

Noel Haines

Sports Development Manager/Assistant CSP Director

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

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  • Key Stakeholder Liaison
  • National Governing Body (NGB) and Enhanced Services
  • Volunteering Support
  • Beginners Running Programme
  • Safeguarding Lead
  • Charnwood LSA Link Officer
01509 564859

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