Our Team Spirit Champions session are now underway and helping clubs develop the best ways to attract volunteers, and of ensuring their volunteers have an enjoyable and effective involvement in the sport. You can book now and read how a range of people from clubs have already benefitted from these Spirit of 2012 funded sessions.
Before Christmas, we held pilot sessions for our brand-new Team Spirit Champions training. These free, fast-paced, interactive sessions will send you back to your club with plenty of ideas to bring bigger smiles to the faces of the people that make our sport happen: you, the volunteers! Here is a flavour of what our attendees had to say about it.
We recently held our first Team Spirit Conference which was attended by almost 200 volunteers from across the sport. Among those who attended was Margaret Connarty, a regular parkrun runner and volunteer. Here she tells us about her experiences of the day.
Saturday 3rd February saw our very first conference for all volunteers in our sport, funded by Spirit of 2012, take place in the University of Birmingham's Great Hall. Volunteers from all areas of the Athletics and Running community came together to grow, learn, share and celebrate with one another at our first Team Spirit Conference.
At England Athletics helping to improve the experience volunteers have in our sport really matters to us. To help with this, we want to hear your ideas about how we can help to make it better. If you are involved in volunteering, in any role, we'd really appreciate you taking 5 minutes to fill in a short survey.Your answers will help us to establish what better support we can provide to help you in your role.
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.
Inspired by the athletics this summer? Our Inspiration Clubs are providing opportunities for disabled people to try athletics at their Inspiration Para Athletics Days. Catering for all impairments, these days provide a great introduction in to Para-Athletics for anyone wanting to try the sport for the first time or a fun day of athletics for those already participating. Why not have a go?
Still time to use our free resources to get more people involved in volunteering at your club or in your local area!
Hosting a Volunteer or Official's Taster Session at your club could be a great way of encouraging more people to volunteer as well as raising awareness of how people in the community can get involved in volunteering opportunities within your club. And we have a great variety of free resources to help make your event a success.
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.