Who is Sported? they are the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential. Sported members are led by an incredible group of passionate and dedicated people who do amazing work in their communities, transforming the lives of young people in neighbourhoods across the UK. Where they often lack support or the time is around their organisation’s development and it’s here where you can make a difference.
What will I get out of it? You will get to meet the inspirational faces of community groups across the UK and immerse yourself in their work; use your existing skills in a rewarding fashion whilst developing new ones; guide members to become more inclusive; network with other like-minded individuals helping grassroots sports groups survive; and so much more. Volunteers say that making a positive difference to members is what they most enjoy about volunteering at Sported.
What will I do as a Sported volunteer? You'll use your professional skills and lived experience to help groups overcome operational challenges, become better equipped for the future, and tackle inequality in sport. Most roles are quite flexible and work around your schedule. Sported will do their best to only share opportunities they think are relevant to you. With most volunteering support being delivered digitally, it’s even easier to get started supporting members across their network.
- Short-term placements - Focused on one topic area or specific challenge, placements usually last about 6 sessions.
- Long-term placements – Placements span a series of months and encompass multiple topics, or a single complex subject.
- One-off support – Kickstarts are semi-structured, informal chats to learn more about a group’s strengths and challenges, and recommend a course of action.
- Specific project work, facilitating/delivering webinars and training, or supporting Sported itself plus much more.
Unsure if you’ve got the right qualifications? Not terribly interested in sport? Don’t let that stop you from getting in touch and chatting with a member of the Sported team! Volunteering with Sported is a rewarding opportunity to help community groups survive so that young people thrive. Hear from their volunteers: “I like volunteering because It’s my way of contributing to community development. Sported makes it very easy for me to connect with incredibly interesting and hugely committed individuals who work above and beyond to make a difference in their community – wow!” “If you’re thinking of volunteering for some charity work – whether you’re into sporting activities or not – then I would suggest you contact Sported and you’ll be amazed at what a difference you’ll make.” “The best part is working with organisations that make a difference to people’s lives.”
Please note: Sported members operate across the UK, and support varies depending on their needs. As such there may not currently be any opportunities within your region.
Who are Sported looking for? Their volunteers have 3 or more years’ professional and/or lived experience in any of the below core support topics:
- Evaluation and Impact
- Financial Management
- Fundraising & Income Generation
- Leadership Coaching
- Planning (Business / Strategic)
- Project Planning
- Sports Development
- Volunteer & Staff Management
- Women and Girls
- Other skills or lived experience that might be applicable
Dependent on individual community group - majority of opportunities are delivered digitally.
- Age restrictions
18 and over
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Travel expenses in line with their policy are covered in the instances in-person meetings occur.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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