Information for people who manage volunteers and for those thinking of becoming a sports volunteer

Did you Know?

  • Under 35s volunteer more than any other generation.
  • 68% of volunteers say that their volunteering benefits their mental health.
  • 52% of volunteers say volunteering helps them overcome loneliness. This goes up to 64% for those aged 25-34. It's important to recognise that loneliness is prevalent in young people and not just a challenge for an older population.
  • Skills are important to younger people: 40% of 16-24 year olds say they volunteer to gain new skills and experience.

Data from the 2019 British Heart Foundation Gift of Time volunteer survey (2,001 respondents)

Recruiting and managing Volunteers

Most sports clubs are dependent on volunteers. Find the latest research and tips on how to recruit and retain the volunteers in your organisation.


Becoming a volunteer

There are lots of different reasons why people volunteer but most say it's one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

Opportunities often involve;

  • Helping out at an event
  • Organising an after-work running group, 5-a-side football league or rounders in the park
  • Using IT, marketing, fundraising or management skills to support local clubs

Oxon Volunteers

Sign up as a volunteer or as an organisation looking for volunteers in Oxfordshire.

Join In - National Olympic Volunteering Legacy Programme

At the heart of every village, town and city is a network of grassroots sports clubs and community groups – and the vast majority of them rely on the generosity, skill and energy of an army of volunteer supporters and helpers.

Building on the Olympic Games Makers, the aim of Join In is to match these clubs and groups with the thousands of people of all ages and experiences around the UK, who are looking to find rewarding, fun and interesting ways to make a difference locally.

National Citizen Service

Aged 15-17? Consider National Citizen Service

If you're in year 11 or 12 (age equivalent 15 – 17 years old) then you could benefit from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. Sure to improve your confidence, communication, leadership and team building skills this once in a life time opportunity is an amazing experience for sport minded individuals and teams. Get involved and make new friends or bring your team mates along with you. You'll be taking part in physically challenging residentials, including activities such as surfing, rock climbing, caving. Helping community causes in different ways, such as raising money for a local sports club in fun and creative ways.

For further information please contact a member of the NCS team on: or 01865 328200