Archery in the UK depends heavily on volunteers. It can be a very rewarding activity helping you to meet new people, support clubs and activities or take on new challenge such as coaching or administration.
You will be able to find information on becoming a volunteer and the processes involved with that through this section.
Benefits and values of volunteering
There are many reasons to volunteer in sport but on the whole, people do it as they want to give back to the sport.
Archery clubs are run by dedicated volunteers and there are four main roles required in setting up and running a club. It is a good idea to have role descriptions for every club position and example descriptions for these key roles are available here.
|Main club roles
||Short role descriptions
||To chair all meetings of the club and coordinate activities to ensure an efficient and well-managed club.
||To ensure that appropriate administrative support is provided to the Chairperson and club committee.
|Club welfare/safeguarding officer
||To manage and report concerns about children and vulnerable adults and putting into place procedures to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults in the club.
||To manage the club’s accounts and finances.
There are many other roles which can help a club to develop and grow, please find additional example role descriptions here.
These can be tailored and adapted to suit your club’s needs. The descriptors provide a list of example tasks associated with each role and the skills required to help with recruitment. To help spread the workload, multiple volunteers could share a role by each taking on specific tasks.
Archery GB Volunteering opportunities
There are many different opportunities to volunteer in archery:
“As my serious competitive archery days are now past, volunteering occupies my time and gives me a sense of purpose. Having watched other members spend hours building the club’s facilities over 20 years, there is a great sense of pride in having just completed some refurbishments this year. I look forward to other projects and helping the club prosper in years to come.”
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the club, constantly bringing fresh enthusiasm and great ideas to move us along with the times. No matter how much or little they can find time for, they always spread the load of running a friendly and successful club bringing a sense of community and belonging to everyone involved.”
Volunteers are more likely to stay at your club if they have a fun, enjoyable and rewarding experience and are confident with what they are doing. As simple as it may sound, thanking volunteers for their time and effort is often forgotten about or overlooked. You could do this in a formal or informal way including a volunteer social evening, recognition in newsletters or other club communications, personal thank-you letters or regular ‘shout-outs’ at the end of activity sessions. A successful volunteer programme is a team effort!
A skills matrix is a good way to check that you are making the most of your current volunteers’ skills and experiences, as well as a starting point, in recruiting new volunteers from within your club. Further information is provided below and includes a template skills matrix for recruitment purposes, which could be added to your club membership renewal forms.
If you are struggling to recruit volunteers from within the club, broadening your search to include the wider community can bring in fresh perspectives, skills, experiences and make your volunteer pool more diverse. See more below
In supporting new volunteers, consider providing them with a volunteer induction. Creating a warm, welcoming and comprehensive induction can help support your volunteer and keep them engaged with the work and their tasks. An example volunteer induction checklist is also provided below. See more below.
Developing your volunteers
Helping your volunteers to develop will keep them motivated and committed. It will also give them the skills they need to fulfil their club role. Archery GB’s Club Training Programme provides valuable training opportunities, as well as external organisations such as Sport England Club Matters and UK Coaching.
We need more volunteers – could you lend a hand?
If you are interested in volunteering in archery, please complete this volunteer survey, so we can find out more information about you and the volunteer roles you are interested in.
Does your club need volunteers?
If you run a club and need more volunteers, please complete this club survey so we can help match available volunteers to roles you need filling within your club.
You are welcome to use the new Volunteer Workforce logos for your club website, social media and documents. Simply see below for the downloads.