Volunteers have always played a vital part in the sport and physical activity sector. Without them, most activity simply wouldn’t happen .
You may have tended to always think of volunteering as something people do for the benefit of others. Whether it's marshalling a fun run, managing money, driving people from A to B (and back) or even washing the muddy kit on a Sunday afternoon, it’s always been those taking part that everyone focuses on.
The new volunteering strategy from Sport England, Volunteering in an Active Nation, is looking to change those perceptions. This strategy wants to put the experience of the volunteer and increased diversity at the heart of efforts to support volunteers.
Volunteers who give their time for sport and physical activity to happen enjoy many of the benefits associated with actually taking part. When someone provides their time, energy and expertise as a volunteer there’s a double benefit – for those playing and for themselves.
Sport England’s vision is as relevant for volunteers as for those taking part. They want everyone regardless of age, background or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.
Some will be young, fit and talented, but most will not. We need a sport and physical activity sector that welcomes everyone – meets their needs, treats them as individuals and values them as customer.
Download our new volunteering strategy Volunteering in Active Nation
Thinking about helping out? We think this link is a comprehensive question and answer area for anyone thinking of volunteering or managing volunteers. Developed by Sport England.
For more information visit Sport England's Volunteering explained pages
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