Clubs and Volunteers
This section is designed to provide support and guidance to clubs, teams, leagues, and other groups that provide volunteering opportunities.
Benefits that volunteers can bring to clubs:
- Energy, inspiration and enthusiasm.
- Different skills.
- New ideas.
- The ability to relate to other young people.
- A bridge between younger and older members of the club.
All of the benefits that volunteers bring can help to ensure club sustainability.
Do you know your volunteers?
Most clubs want volunteers -- but what is it you would you like them to do within your club?
The first step before going out and recruiting new volunteers is to identify the volunteering roles your club requires. To help with this, fill in the Know Your Volunteers checklist.
Where to find volunteers
Now that you have identified the volunteer roles your club needs, you may be asking: where can I find volunteers? Here are some ideas:
County Sport Partnerships (CSPs) are local networks of Local Authorities, NGBs, clubs, schools, School Sport Partnerships, Primary Care Trusts and other local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Many CSPs run volunteering programmes or will have direct links to local community voluntary organisations which may provide a source for volunteers.
Pop down to your nearest Volunteer Centre and have a chat with a member of staff to discuss your volunteering needs for the club. They will provide support on different recruitment techniques and help you find the right person for the role.
Welfare and good practice
Everyone who participates in baseball or softball, whether paid or volunteer, is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. When a club recruits a volunteer, it is worth setting out a basic agreement outlining their role, tasks and the time they can commit to the club. Download an example of a Volunteer Agreement here.
Equally, it is crucial that the club recruits volunteers who will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, follow club rules and adhere to baseball and softball's welfare and good practice standards, particularly when children and young people are involved. Read more about this in the Welfare section.