Club Matters - Thanking your vital volunteers!
Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 23:30
Tanni Grey-Thompson stars in a new film from Sport England that thanks the millions of volunteers across England who work so hard to ensure grassroots sport and physical activity can happen.
The past 12 months have hit the sport and physical activity sector hard, but volunteers have embraced the opportunity to step up in these times of need to give something back and embrace the chance to make good use of their time.
From helping to make their club Covid-safe to enable a return to play, to reaching out to support their wider communities through food banks, delivering medicines, or checking in on neighbours, sports volunteers have gone above and beyond, and this is a contribution Tanni is keen to recognise.
"We know that the coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult and challenging time. But we also know this period has brought out the best in us too," she said.
"To the millions of people helping grassroots sport and activity come through these difficult times, we want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you. Thank you for your incredible dedication and commitment. Thank you for supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of millions of people.
"You've improved lives and helped your communities when they needed you most."
At a time when sports clubs and organisations have faced unprecedented challenges, the invaluable role of those who give up their time to support the sport sector has never been more apparent.
Six million adults and 1.6 million children and young people volunteer every year to help sport and physical activity happen