Volunteer Spotlight - Liam Hunt
As a part of Team Spirit we’re highlighting the work of some of our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers come from various backgrounds and encompass a wide age range, and this week we look at volunteering from a young perspective…
Liam Hunt is one of our younger volunteers; he started volunteering at sports days, swimming galas and other school competitions during year 10 at school. He also took young leader coaching and officiating qualifications, giving him a taste of the different roles within sport. Liam’s aim is to increase participation within sport, and as a member of the England Athletics Youth Panel he looks at ways to improve athletics for the next generation. Since he was in Sixth Form, Liam has been coaching hurdles at his local athletics club: "Once I gained my Athletics Coach qualification, I was able to lead the community club in Cambridge sessions 3 times a week."
Liam has gained amazing experiences as a volunteer, with his first international event being the London World Championships in 2017: "My job was to be part of the team who set up and removes the blocks after each race. It was great to be track side and hear the noise of the crowd!" Now at University and studying Physical Education he continues to volunteer and takes part in sport: "I am part of a coaching team for Special Olympics Norfolk - Athletics & Swimming, and I am also a guide runner for a fellow university student."
Liam admits that he possibly enjoys volunteering too much: "I get to meet new people at each event, learn new skills, pass on my knowledge to others. One event seems to open doors to the next." Taking volunteering from a fun activity to do with friends, to a hobby, and possibly a career, Liam has valued all the experiences offered to him: "It started off as something interesting and fun to do at college with friends, which then turned into a kind of hobby, but now I am beginning to find paid opportunities to help me develop as a coach and to offer all ages a chance to have a go a sport and to be inspired like I was."
Volunteering doesn’t just offer amazing experiences within sport, it also opens doors to new and exciting opportunities. Liam has gained a lot from his volunteering experiences - what could you get?
If Liam’s story has inspired you to get involved in your local club, to get involved in a sport that you used to love and pass on your valuable knowledge to your peers or the next generation, join Team Spirit and get in touch (www.facebook.com/groups/TeamSpiritEA).