Volunteering in sport makes up a third of all volunteering in the UK and the sport and leisure industry is one of the fastest growing in the country. Sports volunteers are often described as the 'lifeblood' of the industry, and you could be a part of this.

It's not always as easy as you think to find what you want though. Probably the easiest and best way to get involved with sports volunteering is to simply walk in to your nearest sports club and ask how you can help. There are coaching courses for volunteers that they can send you on, and you can help out with anything from youth to adult sports.  

If you'd like to volunteer with disabled people again the best thing is to go in to your local sports club and just ask. Parasport has general information and FAQs that may be useful to have a look at as well.

Below are organsations that may be able to help if you want to volunteer in sports:

  • Clubmark is an accreditation body and not a volunteering website, but it lists regional sports agencies that may be able useful to help you to find volunteering.
  • Although they don’t provide any sports volunteering opportunities themselves, Volunteering England should be able to point you in the right direction. 
  • If you live in the North West, Sports Volunteering North West offers loads of opportunities to volunteer in the North West as well as information on getting involved with specific projects, including the 2012 Olympics.
  • Pro-Active London can help if you're looking for a volunteer opportunity, trying to find volunteers for your club, programme or event or if you already have volunteers and would like advice on how to support, develop and manage them better.
  • The London Youth Games are a unique season of events at the heart of youth sport in the capital, involving all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies. The Games are free and open to all young people, aged between 7 and 17, living in or going to school in the capital. It's a chance to be involved in Europe’s largest annual youth sporting event. Over 2,000 volunteers get involved every year – see what you can do.
  • Sport England also have tips and advice about how to get involved in sport volunteering.

And don't forget about volunteering at the 'Olympics'.

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