Having secured funding from Spirit of 2012 to invest in developing and supporting our volunteers, an Innovation Day in Birmingham was arranged to plan the best approach for the development of a Volunteer Co-ordinator, and to discuss the wider challenges of involving volunteers in athletics and running.
Becoming a coach is a great way of enjoying athletics. Whether you are an athlete looking for a new dimension to your role in the sport, a parent wanting to get more involved or have been inspired by seeing how other people have made a difference to people's lives coaching has plenty to offer. Remember, if you are part of a club you/ your club can also access discounts on qualifications and we have courses coming up you can get involved in.
As part of our updates on the work of England Athletics you can view a video update from our Chief Executive Chris Jones. You can also view other information which has previously been published. Chris gives a summary of the work of England Athletics following the start of the new period of delivery which began on 1 April 2017.
Is your club (or could it be) a fantastic place for young people to volunteer? We are excited to announce a new opportunity, funded by Spirit of 2012, that your club can apply for. The Game Changers Young Volunteer Programme launches today and we are looking for clubs who'd like to join us during this pilot phase who want to start involving more young people through volunteering.
An update on our future work to support clubs from April 2017 from our Head of Club Support Local Partnerships Chris Mallender.
Having been inspired by the first ever London Marathon, Bernard Johnson took up distance running. He's now moved into coaching and is taking the Athletics Coach qualification to broaden his skills as he carries out new roles within his club, Thurrock Harriers AC.
England Athletics and a Mental Health Ambassador from Orpington Road Runners, Cat Woods, were invited to celebrate and share the success of the Mental Health Ambassador programme at the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation 2nd anniversary event. A year since its launch, there are now over 290 ambassadors in 210 different England Athletics clubs and RunTogether groups!
We want to support our clubs to make volunteering in our sport the best experience it can possibly be. As part of this we're going to be providing additional help to clubs who would like to recruit a volunteer co-ordinator, supporting people in this role by providing them with dedicated resources, training and ongoing support. We're looking for people who'd be interested in helping us shape what this role could look like. Could that be you?
England Athletics would like to update you on its planned delivery from April 2017. This work is directly aligned with the Strategic Plan for the period which was announced last year, and will be supported by the Sport England funding for the sport which was announced in February.
The first Youth Advisory Group meeting of the year took place recently. The group welcomed new members from across the UK, keeping strong connections with neighbouring National Governing Bodies to ensure the Group is represented across the UK to promote the work members do within the sport, and also the awareness of the group throughout the UK.