February 5, 2022, by Grace Dixon
Student Volunteering Week
This week is Student Volunteering Week and the perfect opportunity to highlight our volunteers here at UoN Sport. This year, our volunteers have been amazing. Over 2000 hours of their own time has been contributed in order to help others. We are going to celebrate the wide variety of incredible achievements our volunteers have made both within the University and the local community.
Sport in Schools
One of the programs that volunteers have thrown themselves into is our Sport in Schools. This is where members of different sports teams go into the local schools. There, they deliver hour long sessions that teach the children a new sport. The best thing about this, is that often, the children have never tried some of these sports.
Korfball is one of the clubs that have done an amazing job while volunteering. They have delivered fun and exciting weekly sessions in schools and have sometimes hosted the schools at David Ross. “The excitement as they greet you each session is lovely”. We don’t know who enjoys the sessions more, the volunteers or the children.
Sport for Good
Another school-based program that our volunteers have excelled in is the Laureus Sport for Good program. A group of students deliver weekly sessions in the local schools that aim to help children with developing their life skills and undertaking social action projects.
One of the fantastic projects has involved food donation at the local food banks. These volunteers have really gone above and beyond for the local community and left a very strong positive impact. Not only has it helped the community, but the volunteers themselves. “Volunteering has shown me that it is something I really enjoy. I look forward to taking on more volunteering opportunities in the future”
Not all of our volunteering has taken place outside of the University. We also have a super set of volunteers who have helped with the running of sports events. The recent table tennis championships held by BUCs at David Ross is just one example of how our volunteers are incredible. The volunteers helped with all aspects of the event from set up, scoring and enquiries. All the competitors were extremely grateful. This is a great opportunity for the volunteers who don’t compete within sport but want to partake because they love it.
If you fancy getting involved with Sport in Schools or Sport for Good, then check out their websites. You can also join the Leadership Academy Facebook Page for regular updates and a great place to ask any questions you might have.
If you love watching sport, then you can sign up now to volunteer at BUCs Big Wednesday. It is the biggest sporting event for all universities up and down the country. There are plenty of roles for everyone to get involved whether you would rather a sport specific role or a more general event role. Use those links to sign up and receive all the information you need!
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