'Volunteering is an essential part of community cohesion'
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:57
As part of volunteering week (1st – 7th June) and Coaching Week (4th – 10th June), Sport Birmingham are profiling local heroes who make sport happen in the city.
Meet Jo – Volunteer at Kings Heath CC
Jo has been volunteering at a Birmingham based cricket club for 13 years! She first got involved with Kings Heath Cricket Club when her son accessed their coaching sessions; her daughter was soon involved and before long she began scoring for her son's team!
The girl's team began soon after and Jo became the Girls team manager. Fast forward to 2018 and girls cricket has expanded and Jo now coordinates all ages of girls cricket and women's softball.
Jo is also passionate about inclusion and has helped coordinate 1 to 1 support for children with learning difficulties. Most recently Jo helped launch All Stars Cricket, a programme for giving 5 – 8 year olds their first taste of cricket.
'Although I am not a coach I like to feel that I have supported our coaches to focus on coaching whilst I have organised, sorted out any issues, dealt with first aid matters and generally encouraged.
I am convinced that volunteering is an essential part of community cohesion and provides opportunities which would otherwise not be available. There are never enough volunteers at sports clubs but always lots of opportunities to be involved.
What keeps me going though is volunteering with a group of like-minded and committed people and being part of a Club which thrives due to the dedication of its volunteers'.
If you are interested in being a volunteer find out more here