Sports clubs across the country are calling out for marketeers, accountants and web designers to volunteer, reveals a new survey from London 2012 legacy charity Join In.
Join In’s research shows that 7 out of 10 sports clubs need more volunteers, but you don’t need to know the offside rule or the difference between bowls and boccia to help out and make a difference.
The research, which was commissioned by Join In’s founding partner BT, shows that the majority of sports groups need specialist help in order to grow their club.
Balancing the books
The biggest gap throughout sports groups in the UK was amongst the money- makers with 63% of clubs needing help with the clubs fundraising. This can be anything from tombolas to bake sales, anything that can bag that extra buck for your local club.
Accountants are also falling short, with 34% of clubs looking for people to help balance the books.
The top of the list also included grant writing, with nearly 40% of clubs desperately seeking professionals to help write success applications.
Creating a buzz
Numbers not your thing? Marketeers can also find a place for their skills in sport. 41% of clubs need help promoting their clubs to new members and volunteers.
Do you have a social media account that rivals Kim Kardashian’s? Your local sports group needs you! 38% of clubs need help with blogging and social media.
Web designers are also in short supply, 38% of grass roots clubs need help to spruce up their websites.
38% of sports groups also need volunteers to help planning their events. Whether it’s tying together a tournament or decking out a dance hall there’s a role that suits you in sport.
Learning a trade can also help you get into sport. 10% of clubs also need trained electricians to help with club maintenance and 9% need drivers and plumbers.
As you’d expect, coaches are also highly sought after with over half (56%) of clubs saying that they need additional coaches.
Join In is a London 2012 legacy charity that puts more volunteers into community sport. For further information visit joininuk.org