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New resources to help volunteer recruitment

With sport and activity returning all over the country, clubs and groups are likely to be taking stock of their volunteer workforce. Who’s coming back? Who wants to give their time differently? Are there new gaps to fill?

Recruiting new people could be hard even before the pandemic, which is why Club Matters has developed a brand new Recruiting Volunteers animation. The video is currently available on their Celebrating Volunteers page, along with a brand new case study exploring how Emsworth Sailing Club gets its members involved in volunteering opportunities. A really important insight from Emsworth SC is that, often, people respond to just being asked to help out!

Finally, they have released our newest professional workforce guide, to help people working with clubs and groups to get them thinking about their volunteering context and how they can go about attracting and keeping new volunteers.


Sports Volunteering Innovation Research – how to take part

Club Matters are looking for volunteers, sports clubs and groups running physical activity to complete our SNAPSHOT survey to tell Sport England about changes they have made to volunteering during the pandemic.

The examples shared will contribute to new research to help Sport England and the wider sector understand what innovation and changes have taken place during the pandemic and will inform the development of volunteering case studies and resources that can be shared more widely by Sport England and Club Matters.

Survey participants can enter into a prize draw to win £200 of sports equipment vouchers for their club or organisation.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resources

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), unfortunately, is not as rare as we might think. Every week, 12 people under the age of 35 die from SCA in the UK. Christian Eriksen’s recent cardiac arrest and resuscitation has served as an international reminder of the issue, and why it’s important for individuals, groups and organisations to know how they might be able to help.

30,000 SCAs happen outside of hospitals each year, with only one in 10 surviving. There are resources and training available to help people understand what can be done in the event of an SCA, such as the free eLearning toolkit on the UK Coaching website, produced in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust. Attached is a social media pack from UK coaching to help promote this training. A guide to Automated External Defibrillators is also available on the Club Matters website.


Include Me Video

Everybody should feel comfortable to take part in sport and physical activity in whatever way works for them, including in a club or group setting. However, we know this isn’t always the case. For lots of people, there are barriers that make it hard for them to get involved. Club Matters are in the process of building up their inclusion resources including our ‘Reaching different audiences’ website section and developing the new ‘A club for everyone’ workshops. They wanted to add to these with something more visual to help clubs and groups understand why inclusion was so important and created an inspiring video.


Case studies – can you help?

Club Matters is always on the lookout for case studies of community sports clubs, groups or organisations doing inspiring, innovative things, but this month we’d be especially interested in hearing about how clubs and groups have been retaining their participants! Are you aware of any organisations that have a really positive or unique approach to:

  • Understanding and meeting the needs, interests and motivations of their people?
  • Being inclusive and accessible?
  • Keeping people engaged through communication efforts?

If so, Club Matters would love to hear about them! Please email any details to clubmatters@sportengland.org