Volunteers have always played a vital part in the sport and physical activity sector. Without them, most activity simply wouldn’t happen.
Putting the experience of the volunteer at the heart of our efforts is a key feature of our new strategy for volunteering.
"Volunteers play a very special role in sport," says Jennie Price, Sport England CEO.
If there's an interesting club or event near you, go along and ask if you can help – chances are they will be delighted to see you
Jennie Price, CEO, Sport England
"Walk into any sports club or event and practically everyone you meet will be a volunteer – whether it's the person who welcomes you when you arrive, who cheers you on when you're flagging, or who offers you that much needed drink at the end.
"They are rightly described as the lifeblood of grassroots sport. It would simply grind to a halt without them.
"Our research shows volunteers get something out of volunteering too. People who volunteer have higher self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, and it can be a great way to acquire new skills or to meet new people."
How to get involved
If you want to volunteer in a specific sport, the national governing body of that sport might be able to help you find an opportunity. If you take a look on their website, there may be information or someone you can contact.
County sports partnerships also do some recruitment of volunteers, so it’s worth checking with them too. Find your local county sports partnership.
Be Inspired promotes opportunities to volunteer at sporting events.
Whether you want to volunteer at major events or your local club, Be Inspired can help you get involved with exclusive offers and opportunities.
If you’re specifically interested in coaching, UK Coaching has lots of information on how to become a coach.
More ways to volunteer
There are so many ways for you to get involved in volunteering.
Local volunteer centres also advertise volunteering opportunities while sports volunteering charity, Join In, has an online opportunity finder, which you can search by postcode or location to find opportunities in your area.
"You don't have to be great at sport, or have always played it, to volunteer either," says Jennie. "Unless you're doing a really technical role, like refereeing, you won't need any specialist knowledge.
"If there's an interesting club or event near you, go along and ask if you can help – chances are they will be delighted to see you.”