Here are some examples of work done by clubs and networks which you might find useful to implement in your locality.
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North of Tyne Athletics Network has been recruiting volunteers from various sources and the link they have established with Northumbria University has been particularly successful.
Clubs in the Oxfordshire Athletics network have been using a new idea to use membership forms to recruit volunteers. Five clubs in the network have used the idea and some are starting to see the results.
Newham and Essex Beagles have been using quarterly volunteer meetings to review the progress of their volunteers and help their development.
Since launching the ‘Are you ready?’ campaign just two months ago, England Athletics has received nearly 200 online requests to volunteer at local clubs.
A number of networks have encouraged clubs to use an induction process for young members to encourage their parents to volunteer. The idea being used by a number of clubs has been very successful.
Team Dorset McCain Athletics Network has been using volunteers through the community payback scheme to help in improve facilities within the network.
Birmingham McCain Athletics Network has acted to address the need for volunteers in a very simple but effective way. Contact was made with the Volunteer Managers at two of the local Universities.
Ilkley Harriers one of the clubs in Bradford Network have set up a scheme to give all their junior volunteers the opportunity to gain a qualification that would not only be useful on a CV but also provide the general leadership skills for everyday life.
In the South Yorkshire Network some great work has been done to recruit some new young volunteers into Athletics. The network has established links between Hallamshire Harriers and Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders, providing opportunities for young volunteers to help deliver coaching at clubs.
Volunteers from clubs and partners within the Essex McCain Athletics Network came together to hear about the successes and challenges of the Newham McCain Athletics Network in successfully increasing the number of volunteers available.
In a series of ‘10 out of 10’ competitions in the Lea Valley Network, 19 year old Event Organiser Kathrine Foy engaged 56 volunteers all under the age of 22 to stage the events for over 130 four to nine year olds.