Volunteering offers lots of rewards. However, none of these can have any tangible value. As soon as your club starts paying you or gives you other benefits with a tangible value, they risk turning your voluntary relationship into a contractual one.
However, volunteering can be a hugely rewarding experience and gives back in many other ways:
- It makes you happier. People who volunteer in sport often feel a sense of pride and say that their life has a sense of purpose.
- You’ll meet new people. Volunteering in sport is a great way to make new friends and connections. As a volunteer at a sports club you’re often working as part of a team of volunteers. A shared love of sport often leads to new friendships. You won’t only connect with the other volunteers in the club, but attending meetings and events is a good way to get to know club members and the wider community too.
- It’s a great way to develop new skills. Volunteering can help you to improve current skills or develop new ones. Different roles will offer different opportunities. Some clubs might also offer you training to develop new skills that will help you in your role. So volunteering doesn’t only benefit your club, but also you as a volunteer. .