Frequently asked questions

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is “any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, and close relatives.”

Who are volunteers?

Anyone can be volunteers, as long as your willing and committed to volunteering.

What do volunteers in sport do?

Most coach; this could be running an after school club at a local primary school, coaching at a local club or running sports festival and tournaments. However, other volunteers become involved in the organisation of sport or help at one-off events. Volunteers also use their knowledge and understanding of sport to umpire or referee.

How much time does it take?

Whatever suits you, everything from a few hours a week to a day a year. In the project guide you’ll find each project has an estimated time commitment.

Why should I volunteer?

To meet new friends, useful life experience, new skills, increased confidence, improved CV and accreditation.

What if I can't play any sport?

Often only a basic level of skill is needed in the particular sport for you to become a volunteer. Sports Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, good communicators and enjoy working in a team.

Volunteering fact: Sport volunteers contribute one billion hours each year to sport.
This information comes from the 'Sports Volunteering in England' research document commissioned by Sport England in 2002.

Page last modified 12 March 2008.

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