Team Spirit Game Changers is our youth volunteering programme, supporting more individuals between the ages of 14-25 into coaching and officiating. At each funding wave, clubs can apply for grants for up to £4,000 to spend on developing their young people, providing them with opportunities, paying for their qualifications and other options.
The Team Spirit Game Changers programme provides clubs with a fantastic opportunity to not only increase the number of volunteers supporting clubs and groups, but also to improve the experience of young people who do volunteer. They can reward and celebrate their achievements and provide them with the chance to develop skills and experience in the roles they take on.
Details of how to apply will appear here when application windows are open.
How Team Spirit Game Changers has helped us
Bracknell Athletics Club applied for funding through the Game Changers Programme to support 10 young people to attend a Coaching Assistant course and following on from this, regularly help with the delivery of the weekly coaching sessions at the club. The club have been extremely successful in recruiting, supporting and retaining these young people. The impact on both the club and the young people involved has been huge.
The 10 Game Changers were recruited from within the club, all of whom had demonstrated a passion and motivation for developing their skills as coaches and wanting to give something back to their club.
The club took a lot of time to ensure the new volunteers were really supported from start to finish, including:
- A comprehensive welcome and induction session – The club organised an induction and team building session for the young volunteers which provided information on the project, expectations from both the young people and club, and an opportunity to plan for future sessions/events the young volunteers would be involved in.
- Mentors – The club asked experienced coaches to act as mentors for the volunteers, which has helped support and develop them throughout the project. Joel one of the Game Changers says “Andy, my coach, mentors me and we discuss my sessions and it is nice to hear things that I did well and areas that I could improve.”
- Giving young people responsibility – The young volunteers taking part in the project had the opportunity to plan and deliver Year 3 and 4 Taster sessions to children on the club’s waiting list throughout the school holidays. This responsibility gave the young volunteers a goal and something to aim for, as well as being a very rewarding experience for them. One of the Game Changers involved, Natasha, stated “I have really enjoyed being able to get children involved in something that I am passionate about and it has been really rewarding to see them progress.”
- Social activities – The club organised regular social activities for everyone to get together, from a team building session at the start of the project through to pizza nights as part of their planning sessions.
- Communication – The club set up a WhatsApp group for the volunteers, so they could regularly keep in touch and have any questions or worries they might have throughout the project, answered.