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 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.
Developing your skills
Some volunteering opportunities require certain skills. Clubs often provide training or will support you to find the right training. Often personal skills, such as being able to get on with a wide variety of people, being reliable and being enthusiastic are equally welcome as having the right skills.
Skills and qualities you could expect to develop include confidence, self-esteem, presenting, managing accounts and budgeting, or event organisation.
Awards and recognition
Archery GB celebrates and recognises volunteers every year through several avenues.
Without volunteers, archery would not run the way it does. Volunteers should be thanked informally but they can also be formally recognised for their commitment and contribution.
There are several different awards from Archery GB that could be suitable:
- List of awards presented at AGM
- ontarget Club & Volunteer Awards
There are many different opportunities to volunteer in archery:
- Archery Young Leader
- Club development
- Work party – setting up local and national competitions and making sure they run smoothly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer at a national event.
- Young, Student and Club Ambassadors. Archery GB has recently launched a new programme to recruit, support and develop a team of Ambassadors who will inspire a love of archery in others and help develop their club and the local community. For more information click here.
- Special Interest Groups – We are looking for volunteers to help support our Special Interest Groups – Children and Young People, Women and Girls, Disabled and members aged 55+. For more information on how you can support these groups click here.
Club Matters – Keeping a sports club up and running often falls on the shoulders of a few key individuals. Club development can be a challenging task, especially if you’re one of the few people at your club actively thinking about it. Registering for Club Matters will not only make your life easier but if you encourage your wider committee/club members to sign-up as well, it will help you share updates, resources and ultimately get more people at your club thinking about its future. Registration is completely free and only takes a few minutes. For more information visit: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com
County sports partnerships – County sports partnerships ( CSPs ) are networks of partners who are committed to increasing sport and physical activity across a county area. Most of the CSPs have webspace dedicated to supporting local volunteers or due to their partnership nature can point you in the right direction of clubs, groups and societies who may need volunteers.
Local volunteer centres – With 380 volunteer centres across the country, support is available for volunteers who are keen to get involved with the sport but are not sure how. There is also support for clubs, groups and societies who need and manage volunteers:
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action – NAVCA supports local infrastructure organisations who offer resource to voluntary and third sector organisations.
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