As a part of Team Spirit we're highlighting the work of some of our amazing volunteers, one of these volunteers celebrated a special birthday recently, Mike Burrell from Bicester Athletics Club. Mike has been coaching athletes since 1961; wanting to give something back to the sport that he loved. He's also qualified as a Field judge and has spent time as the Surrey County Coaching Secretary.
England Athletics require a digital development agency to deliver a fit for purpose Officials' management and deployment system for an initial pilot project. The successful agency should challenge our thinking and ensure that the developed system is customer-focussed, delivering an optimised user journey for our Officials (volunteers).
Would your club or group really benefit from involving more officials, or do you know a club in your area that would? Are you unsure where to start to get more people involved? If so putting on an Officials Taster Session, could be a great way of raising awareness of the opportunities available and highlight what a positive experience officiating is! You can also access free resources from Team Personal Best to help with this or other types of activity.
Burton Athletics Club recently hosted an Officials Taster Session at the club to encourage more parents to get involved. They used the free resources available on our website from Team Personal Best to help them with the day, and following the taster session, hosted a Level 1 Field Course at the club to allow those interested to continue their officiating journey.
Bicester Athletics Club hosted an 'end of summer season fun competition' at the club and used it as an opportunity to deliver a volunteer recruitment session to try and engage more parents within the club. The club used the free Team Personal Best resources available to order online or download from our website at www.englandathletics.org/TPB.
Now's the Time, Thamesmead in association with Team Personal Best have organised a free workshop for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at a running event. After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to be a volunteer run marshal at the annual Thamesmead 5k and Family 1mile eventsand to be paired up with a more experienced volunteer for the day, if they wish.
To support Venue Operators and clubs to run safe, well managed Track and Field Facilities, UK Athletics have launched a brand new online E-Learning Track and Field Facility Course which is available free of charge. This course is designed for leisure / track managers, grounds staff, athletics club members and anyone with an interest in athletics facility management.
Would your club or group benefit from involving more volunteers? Are you unsure where to start to get more people involved? If so putting on a session to recruit volunteers at your club, could be a great way to raise awareness of what volunteer opportunities there are available within your club or group. You can get support with FREE resourecs from Team Personal Best.
Volunteers are brilliant. It's as simple as that, and we will take as many opportunities as possible to celebrate this. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of annual volunteer awards, our opportunity to celebrate the great things they do. We have passed the halfway stage of the awards nomination period; this year looks set to be bigger and better than ever before!
England Athletics was saddened to hear news of the death of Phil Tomkins, the former President and Chairman of the Suffolk Athletics Association. Phil died on the 9th July aged 82 years old.