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Sport and physical activity volunteers


If you've ever been involved in a local sports club you'll recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make to a club's success. So rather than watching from the sidelines, why not make the most of your time and get involved?

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Apply to be a sport or physical activity volunteer through our culture and sport volunteering portal

Why volunteer?

Being a volunteer or coach requires commitment and passion, however it can be very rewarding and can help you 'give something back' to your community. For you, it's a great way of enhancing your employability through gaining new skills and qualifications, and it can be a good opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and to provide an alternative to your usual routine.

There is no question that volunteers play a crucial part in the delivery of sport. Without their support, many local sports clubs would simply grind to a halt. We fully recognise and appreciate the value of these volunteers.

What do we do?

Our Volunteer Durham scheme currently supports a workforce of over 1,000 quality and committed volunteers. Our volunteer development officers work with partners to provide a coordinated plan of training opportunities to help upskill our present volunteer and coaching workforce. We also support new volunteers by matching new recruits with clubs and quality placement opportunities.

We provide a range of workshops and training courses from National Governing Body qualifications to First Aid and mini bus driver training. Some are free, and if they're not we can usually subsidise the cost to our members - all we ask in return is that you give some free time back to support your community, be it a sports club, walking group or community gym.

Other benefits of volunteering

Other benefits of volunteering are:

  • Regular updates on the most up-to-date training opportunities.
  • Information on how to get involved in wider volunteering opportunities including prestigious local events such as the Etape Bike Ride, Durham Regatta and Race for Life.
  • On-going support to ensure that you have a quality volunteering experience. If you are a voluntary sports coach looking to enhance your training, or to improve your practical skills, we can also link you up with one of our coaching mentors to:
    • Get valuable feedback which is tailored to your development needs
    • Pick up some top tips by observing the mentor's coaching sessions
    • Get the opportunity to have one of your coaching sessions observed and critiqued
    • Get advice on issues you encounter during your coaching sessions when you need it

This is currently available in cricket, gymnastics, football and swimming and all mentors are experts chosen for this role by their National Governing Body. The aim is to inspire and give future coaching talent confidence and skills to follow in their footsteps. 

If you are interested in accessing our current programme please contact us, or register through our culture and sport volunteering portal.