Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June gives us a chance to say thank you and recognise volunteers on the front line and behind the scenes.
On day three of Volunteers week Caroline shares her experience of volunteering as a Club Volunteer.
"In 2009 a few children asked me to help them run the 5km race for life. I then had 30 kids outside the door wanting to train. We trained on bikes and running. I decided to go on a L1 coaching course as my Husband and I had both done triathlons. We then formed the local junior tri club in 2012 and with the help of dedicated parents (we are all volunteers) and a fab regional manager to give us direction we had gone from 30 – 150 kids.
The most rewarding part of being a club volunteer is watching the kids enjoy the sessions I have planned. We have lots of dedicated parents who often are around whilst we train. I just convince them we cannot do without their skill. We have lots of different personalities which seems to work well.
I coach (with the other head coach) the junior section, from 4 – 16 years, including athletes with additional needs. I also answer the initial queries that come to the club regarding attendance, recruit volunteers, organise coach DBS checks, organise the coaching team with the other head coach and I am on the committee as chairperson. All club roles are volunteers."
Thank you Caroline for all you do for our sport!
As everybody within sport knows, the help given by volunteers is invaluable. Take a look at our Volunteers and Technical Officials pages where you can find out more about how to get involved in volunteering and the responsibilities of your role, keep up to date with any important issues concerning volunteers and hear about any new initiatives of which you should be aware.