Volunteers are the life-blood of your club; their valuable
contribution is worthy of considerable recognition - as without
them nothing would get done.
Recruiting and retaining volunteers is a hard task but it's
vital for the future of your club.
But remember, its a 2 way process so here's a few tips on
recruiting (and hopefully retaining volunteers):
Good people need good support - if you don't look after them
there are plenty of other things they could be doing with their
It is important to recognise why people volunteer and what they
can gain personally through volunteering.
These benefits can be emphasised when recruiting volunteers for
When you start a new club or want to improve and develop an
existing club there will be jobs that need to be done and roles
that need to be filled.
If you get these basics in place at the start it will help your
club to run much more effectively.
Consider the following questions in relation to your own
The following are simple and inexpensive ways of attracting new
members to your club:
It is important to give people a chance to experience what it
would be like to be a member of your club before they have to
commit to paying a membership fee.
Make sure that anyone visiting or trying out your club for the
first time is well looked after and encourage existing members to
be welcoming and to help sell your club.
Do you want to extend your club to include a disabled satellite
club or maybe integrating athletes with a disability into your
enhance all players awareness of athletes with a disability.
This is a joint initiative between Sport Wales, the
Federation of Disability Sport Wales and the 22 Local Authorities
There is a Disability Sport Wales Development Officer in every
Local Authority in Wales and they work with local clubs, schools
and other organisations to increase opportunities for disabled
people to take part in sport and physcial acitity in their local
The aim is to increase the number of disabled people taking part
in sport and physcial activity by developing quality community
based opportunities throughout Wales.
Disability Sport Wales strives to provide quality sporting and
physical activity opportunities for disabled children and adults
Disability Sport Wales have a huge network of clubs and sessions
either specifically for disabled people or with an inclusive
environment. With more and more clubs looking to open their
doors to disabled participants Disability Sport Wales Development
Officers are working to help support clubs that are interested in
developing inclusive sessions.
For more information visit Disability Sport Wales.
Equality is about recognising and removing the barriers faced by
people involved, or wanting to be involved in sport.
It is about changing the culture of sport to one that values
diversity and enables the full involvement of disadvantaged groups
in every aspect of sport.
Established clubs should have an equal opportunities policy in
place and the ethos of this policy should be integrated into your
constitution and within the running of your club and delivery of
To develop your club further in terms of Equity you should be
working towards the following:
Your National Governing Body may have achieved or be working
toward the Equality Standard for Sport.
You should enquire about this as they will be able to provide
you with support in developing equitable approaches at your club
level. If your NGB is not working towards the equality standard
this can still be a useful resource as it identifies key areas of
good practice to which all sports should be aiming.
Further guidance may be obtained from
For classes or accommodation at the National Centre please contact 0845 045 0902