Volunteers: Important People or V:IP for short is a Living Sport project to support and develop volunteers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
We want to help Sports Clubs at the heart of their local community, to enable them to contribute to the local health agenda and to benefit from working with local education and voluntary and community sector partners. This can only be done by focusing on the Volunteers – training existing Volunteers and engaging new Volunteers through closer working with health partners, Councils for Voluntary Services / Volunteer Centres (CVS) and Further & Higher Education institutions (FE/HE).
In our extensive engagement with Sports Clubs the need for more volunteers to help them deliver their programmes is a primary concern. From our 2017 Training Needs Analysis Survey, 75% of Sports Clubs that Living Sport has engaged with recently cited lack of volunteers as an issue. Highlighting that it is often coach, committee and regular officiating roles that are difficult to fill rather than one-off event volunteering.
Further Education Colleges and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) meanwhile are seeking high quality volunteer placements for their students, over extended periods rather than just the one-off event volunteering.
To be able to help, we are able to point clubs towards the Club Matters resource from Sport England. Club Matters supports clubs by providing information on various club related topics such as finance management, club management and marketing to help those volunteers who run the club. We also have access to their workshop if we identify a demand. To access the Club Matters website, click HERE.