Volunteers are essential in making sporting events happen and in running clubs. In addition to helping out, the act of volunteering not only benefits others, but can prove to be hugely rewarding too.

Why Volunteer?

Sport needs people like you. Behind every medal winner or success story, there are people who have given up their time to help them get there. And behind every sporting event are volunteers. These are the unsung heroes of sport who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make things happen.
Play more of the sports you enjoy. This is your chance to keep active through sport and to help others get involved too. By taking part in something you enjoy, your passion and enthusiasm can rub off on and inspire others. So not only will you enjoy yourself, but you’ll encourage others to take part and have fun, without realising it!

It looks great for your CV. You will gain some valuable experience which can add another string to your bow. And don’t forget skills and experience gained from one role/event can often be transferable to other opportunities you come across in the future.

Become a Volunteer

You can become a volunteer in a number of ways; through some local and national organisations and campaigns, or by heading along to a local sports club and offering your services.

Volunteering Herts is a network of accredited Volunteer Centres in Hertfordshire. From here you can find volunteers centres in your district.

#TeamHerts is another great place to start and makes it quick and easy for you to give your time, find volunteers and do great things for Hertfordshire.

Join In is the nation’s charity for local sports volunteering. It allows people to sign up to be a volunteer, or alternatively look for volunteers too!

Be Inspired is another national campaign that gives guidance on how to become a volunteer within different sports. This website not only gives you advice one becoming a volunteer, but also how to get into different sports too.

Looking for Volunteers?

Does your sports club or event need volunteers? Why not advertise your opportunity on social media or dedicated websites like Carlow Sports Partnership or with local organisations such as Carlow Volunteer Centre. Don’t underestimate the power of social media too. Facebook and Twitter are two powerful and free tools to use to spread the word quickly and to a large audience.

Carlow Sports Partnership runs courses and workshops to help sports clubs to recruit and develop volunteers. Get in touch for further information and to view training opportunities click here.

The Institute of Technology Carlow also have many Sports Studies, Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation students who need experience with local clubs to complete their courses.

Carlow Volunteer Centre

The purpose of Carlow Volunteer is to promote the value of volunteering an increase the range and quality of volunteering in Carlow.  The Volunteer Centre provides support to volunteers, volunteer managers with a range of supports and resources available.