British Orienteering is excited to launch a new national club volunteering campaign to grow the number of volunteers and help ensure a sustainable future for clubs across the country.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the sport, with members giving endless hours to the benefit of others. Throughout 2019, we want to help clubs encourage everyone at the club to volunteer in some capacity at least twice. Whether this is as part of the committee, supporting an event, recruiting new club members, club promotion or one of the many other different ways to support clubs, there is a role for everyone regardless of their age or time available.
Peter Hart, Chief Executive at British Orienteering, says:
“British Orienteering would not be the success we are today without the tireless dedication of our volunteers.
This project will not only celebrate the vital work that volunteers do, but hopefully it will encourage other people to get involved as well.
Throughout the year we hope to celebrate the valuable contribution that volunteers make, highlight the volunteering opportunities available in orienteering and increase the number of people who sign up to help in volunteering activities.”
How can you and clubs get involved?
For 2019, we want to directly help clubs in launching their own unique volunteer project linked to the national campaign. Clearly, each club is unique with different needs and desires, with committees and their members best placed to identify where their focus should be. To support this, we are pleased to introduce a match funding programme where clubs can apply for funds to support their project.
Projects can be big or small and cover many different areas including club nights, events, juniors, coaching and recruitment to name a few. To get involved, all clubs will need to do is think of their idea, contact their development officer and work out their project plan. The only required results are that the project must show an increase of members within the club volunteering and how this will be sustained in the future.
The British Orienteering website, ‘Get Involved’ section will be the hub of the campaign, providing guidance, project suggestions, resources and updates from projects clubs are running across the country. With British Orienteering development officers there to support and guide clubs throughout the year, there is no better time to try something different and have a positive impact within your club.
Further information on the project and full details of the match funding programme including how to apply and what is available will be announced throughout January. But if there is anything you wish to discuss earlier, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any member of the development team.