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Who is Sported?
We are the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential. Sported members are led by an incredible group of passionate and dedicated people who do amazing work in their communities, transforming the lives of young people in neighbourhoods across the UK. Where they often lack support or the time is around their organisation’s development and it’s here where you can make a difference.
What will I get out of it?
You will get to meet the inspirational faces of community groups across the UK and immerse yourself in their work; use your existing skills in a rewarding fashion whilst developing new ones; guide members to become more inclusive; network with other like-minded individuals helping grassroots sports groups survive; and so much more.
Our volunteers say that making a positive difference to our members is what they most enjoy about volunteering at Sported.
What will I do as a Sported volunteer?
You'll use your professional skills and lived experience to help groups overcome operational challenges, become better equipped for the future, and tackle inequality in sport.
Most of our roles are quite flexible and work around your schedule. We do our best to only share opportunities we think are relevant to you. With most of our volunteering support being delivered digitally, it’s even easier to get started supporting members across our network.
Travel expenses in line with our policy are covered in the instances in-person meetings occur.
Our roles include:
Short-term placements - Focused on one topic area or specific challenge, placements usually last about 6 sessions.
Long-term placements – Placements span a series of months and encompass multiple topics, or a single complex subject.
One-off support – Kickstarts are semi-structured, informal chats to learn more about a group’s strengths and challenges, and recommend a course of action.
Specific project work, facilitating/delivering webinars and training, or supporting Sported itself plus much more!
Who are we looking for?
Our volunteers have 3 or more years’ professional and/or lived experience in any of the below core support topics:
- Financial Management
- Fundraising & Income Generation
- Leadership Coaching
- Planning (Business / Strategic)
- Project Planning
- Sports Development
- Volunteer & Staff Management
- Women and Girls
- Other skills or lived experience that might be applicable
Please note: Our members operate across the UK, and support varies depending on their needs. As such there may not currently be any opportunities within your region.
Unsure if you’ve got the right qualifications? Not terribly interested in sport? Don’t let that stop you from getting in touch and chatting with a member of the Sported team! We think volunteering with us is a rewarding opportunity to help community groups survive so that young people thrive.