Tips on recruiting volunteers
It can sometimes be difficult to find new volunteers to support your club or county squash programme. Explore our ideas below on how to successfully recruit and retain volunteers.
Understand your needs
Clubs or counties looking for volunteers need to consider what roles they need and what types of skills they are looking for in new volunteers. By sharing and delegating tasks, you can ensure current volunteers do not have too much of a burden and available roles are more attractive to those who have little time to provide.
Some volunteer roles might entail working with children or vulnerable adults - this could be a coaching assistant, a child welfare officer or someone who gives young people under 18 a lift to a competition. We advise that you ask these volunteers to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. When advertising these roles, you should be open that you require a DBS enhanced check.
Advertising for volunteers
Advertising roles through posters at your venue, via email or at Annual General Meetings will help to find new support. Equally, identifying potential helpers and making a face-to-face approach often works well. Try advertising in the local area on community noticeboards, articles in the local press or for free online at the Do-It Trust.
You can also make contact with your local County Sports Partnership, who will have a local volunteer database from their events. We can also advertise any volunteer roles for you on our social media pages - contact the Marketing team to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s important to support new volunteers by having a handover with previous role holders if possible, and providing them with a role description or list of tasks. Their role may benefit from advice on Sport England’s Club Matters toolkit. Speak to your volunteers regularly to check if they need any support, and remember, saying thank you is an absolute must! You may wish to organise an annual social event for your volunteer team too.