Want to make a difference in your local community? Learn new skills? Maybe you just want to do something interesting in your spare time, and make new friends? There are lots of different reasons why people volunteer – but they all say the same thing: it's one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.
- Help out at an event,
- Organise an after work running group, 5-a-side football league or even rounders in the park!
- Perhaps you have IT, marketing, administration, fundraising or management skills you could use to support your local club,
- Get involved helping on all kinds of other ways that all contribute to making sport happen.
Without people putting themselves forward to do these roles, sport just wouldn't be the same. But it's not just the people playing sport that benefit; as a volunteer, you can get a lot out of your involvement too!
In Oxfordshire 15% of the population volunteer in sport every year, higher than the England average of 13%. However, more volunteers are always needed and there are lots of ways to get involved. Use the links below to find appropriate volunteering opportunities and if you have any questions or can't find what you are looking for then contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.
Four to six times a year, we send out a newsletter all about sports volunteering packed with opportunities and inspirational stories.
Help Out At An Event
Volunteer to support one of the many sports events that are taking place in and around Oxfordshire. You'll have a great time, meet lots of new people and get the satisfaction of helping others participate in sport.
Join In - National Olympic Volunteering Legacy Programme
At the heart of every village, town and city is a network of grassroots sports clubs and community groups – and the vast majority of them rely on the generosity, skill and energy of an army of volunteer supporters and helpers.
Building on the Olympic Games Makers, the aim of Join In is to match these clubs and groups with the thousands of people of all ages and experiences around the UK, who are looking to find rewarding, fun and interesting ways to make a difference locally.
Local sport is made possible thanks to blood, sweat and volunteers.
Did you know that seven out of 10 sports clubs need more volunteers? So let's throw our weight behind the #BigHelpOut, a joint BBC Get Inspired & Join In initiative to get 10,000 new volunteers into grassroots sport clubs.
Do Sport a Favour
Do you have a particular skill or expertise you'd like to offer to sport? You could make a real difference to a sports club or organisation in Oxfordshire.
Get into Coaching
Coaching is a great way to express your passion for a sport. Get actively involved instead of standing on the sideline. Help people of all ages in your community benefit from an active lifestyle.
Aged 15-17? Consider National Citizen Service
If you're in year 11 or 12 (age equivalent 15 – 17 years old) then you could benefit from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. Sure to improve your confidence, communication, leadership and team building skills this once in a life time opportunity is an amazing experience for sport minded individuals and teams. Get involved and make new friends or bring your team mates along with you. You'll be taking part in physically challenging residentials, including activities such as surfing, rock climbing, caving. Helping community causes in different ways, such as raising money for a local sports club in fun and creative ways.
For further information please contact a member of the NCS team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 328200
National Volunteer Database - Do-it.org
The national volunteer database has volunteer opportunities to match lots of interests including sport. Browse for opportunities near you that match what you want to do.
For more information contact:
Coaching Development Officer
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity
Denise leads on monitoring coaching opportunities around Oxfordshire linking coaches to development opportunities and local clubs. She also oversees the South East England's Project 500 throughout Oxfordshire aimed to encourage and promote female coaching in sport. Denise also works to ensure OxSPA are providing a quality and valuable service to coaches around Oxfordshire, offering them support and investigating continuous ways to improve coaching provisions.
- 01865 252689 / 07899 914390