Club Matters: Is your club looking to recruit new volunteers but not sure where to start?
Posted: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:51
The first step is to think about why your club needs new volunteers
There are many great reasons why clubs want to recruit more volunteers, such as to:
- Help achieve the club's vision and follow its development plan
- Manage and support increasing numbers of members
- Reduce the burden on current volunteers, to improve their experience and help keep them at the club
- Involve more of the local community and create a diverse, sustainable pool of volunteers
Whilst you are thinking about recruiting new volunteers, you should consider the experience that current volunteers have at your club. Check out Club Matters Keeping Volunteers page and Sport England's Make Your Volunteering Experience Meaningful guide to help your club provide an enjoyable, rewarding volunteer experience. You could also use a skills matrix to check that you are making the most of your current volunteers' skills and experiences before you start looking for new ones.
Secondly, consider what motivations and barriers potential volunteers might have
People choose to volunteer for lots of different reasons. Your club's ability to attract volunteers will depend on how well you understand their motivations. Similarly, if you can appreciate some of the barriers preventing people from offering their time, you stand a better chance of overcoming them!
Explore the different ways of finding new volunteers: Check out Club Matters