England Athletics is delighted to be hosting its virtual Club Conference 2021 on Saturday 15 May – supporting volunteers and clubs.
The free online conference offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals in a range of club roles to come together and hear from keynote speakers, join interactive workshops, network and share examples of best practice. The conference is designed to further support England Athletics affiliated clubs, and their volunteers, as our sport continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A series of sessions will take place throughout the conference on Saturday 15 May, with club volunteers able to join for the whole day or for either the morning or afternoon only. The conference activity is tailored to suit club volunteers of all levels and experience – including club leaders, committee members, welfare officers, volunteer coordinators and those in other club support roles, as well as anyone who may be thinking about volunteering to support their club in the future.
The varied programme will include keynote speaker presentations, themed workshops and club networking sessions. The morning session will focus on support to volunteers around building resilience and leading in uncertain times. During the afternoon, the conference offers sessions on club development specifically focusing on volunteer and member experiences, innovation and adapting to change. Our keynote speaker has also been announced – with Ian Braid joining the conference to offer insight from his lifetime in sport as a volunteer, participant, coach, fan, CEO, committee and board member.
If you want to share details of our Club Conference with fellow volunteers at your club, or in your region, then you can send them the following link: www.englandathletics.org/clubconf2021
09:00: Welcome & opening address
09:20: Keynote Presentation. The ups and downs of volunteering in sport – a personal reflection with Ian Braid.
10:00: Morning workshops
• Option 1: Building resilience with Rene Barrett
• Option 2: Leading in uncertain times with Karen Bolton at Annie’s Training Company
11:00: Club networking session (facilitated online breakout rooms).
11:50-12:50: Lunch break
12:50 Afternoon opening address
13:00 Club Keynote: innovation and moving forward
13:20 Afternoon workshops
• Option 1: Providing a positive volunteering experience
• Option 2: Providing a positive participant experience
14:30 Club networking session (facilitated online breakout rooms).
15:00 Closing address
Ian has spent a lifetime in sport as a participant, coach, CEO, fan, committee and Board member. The majority of these roles have been as a volunteer, starting from painting the Fleetwood Rugby Club clubhouse in pre-season when he was 15 through to today when two of his roles are as a Trustee of the charity SportsAid and a member of the UK Coaching ‘Coaching Advisory Panel’.
Before setting up his own consultancy in 2017, DOCIAsport, Ian was the CEO of the British Athletes Commission whose members excelled in over 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports at both the London and Rio Games. During that time he helped Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson write the report on Duty of Care In Sport for the UK Government and was a member of the Management Board of Sports Resolutions UK.
DOCIAsport looks at all aspects of duty of care in sport but has built a particular reputation regarding mental health and wellbeing of people in the sport sector not just the participants but also the “people looking after the people” – many of whom are volunteers. Ian is a qualified MHFA England mental health first aid instructor and DOCIAsport won a national award in 2020 as the Mental Health Consultancy of the Year.
As well as looking after his wellbeing through volunteering Ian also recognises the contribution made by his exercise routine and his family – including his dog, Fred.