How to get into volunteering

There are many different volunteer roles - there’s something for everyone!  Find out how you can get involved.

Where do I start?

If you have never volunteered before then it might appear daunting as to where to even start!  We have compiled a top tips list to get you started.

1. Find out about different roles available

Roles in sport go way beyond coaching so if you think coaching might not be for you there are still plenty of ways to get involved and use your skills.  Have a look at our roles page and also read some case studies from actual volunteers who are dedicating their time to give you a flavour for what you might like to do.

2. Discover local clubs in your area

You might already know of clubs in your area but there might be more than you think in a wider variety of sports than you realised! If you are looking for a specific sport, the governing body may publish a list of affiliated clubs. You may be more interested in finding out what's in your area across a number of sports - if this is the case your local authority or leisure trust may have a directory of clubs in the area. 

Other options are looking for your local community sport hub which may contain a number of clubs in one place and finally your area's Active Schools team may be looking for volunteers right now to get involved in after school clubs. 

3. Understand your skills

You might have skills that you haven't realised would be important in sport.  Read about Gavin who uses his accountancy skills to help a club sort it's finances.  You don't even necessarily need to love participating in sport, being a kit coordinator can help clubs immensely so don't underestimate the difference you could make.

4. Talk to other volunteers

You may want to speak to current volunteers about their experiences and the best way to do this is to contact local clubs and ask!  You will find this information through discovering what's happening in your area.

5. Look for specific opportunities

You might already know what you'd like to get involved in.  We have a list of current volunteering opportunities on this website that is updated daily or if there's a specific sport or area you would like information on you can find this here.  Alternatively you can visit Volunteer Scotland's website where you can have specific opportunities sent straight to your inbox.

Volunteer roles in sport

There are many different roles you could do in sport.

We have brought some of these to life with case studies and have role descriptions to help you understand what skills you might need to get involved.  This list is not exhaustive and there might be many more roles your local club have available but it will give you a flavour of the kinds of people sport is looking for.

Find out what you could do for sport and become a volunteer!

Is there a role for you?

Club

Treasurer

Secretary

Coach

  • Role description

Chairperson

Match secretary

  • Role description

Official/referee

Marketing officer

Welfare officer

Health and Safety coordinator

Kit convenor

  • Role description

School

Active Schools volunteer

  • Role description

Event

General events

  • Role description

Major Games

  • Role description
Date published: 13 September 2016
Date updated: 17 February 2017

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