Volunteers are the backbone of the grassroots game and we wouldn't have a game without them. Over 100,000 people regularly volunteer at grassroots level rugby in the UK.
Anyone can volunteer. Whether you play rugby, whether you are a former player or even if you have no interest in the game whatsoever and just want to tag along with a friend and help your community out; everyone has something they can offer.
From coaching, managing a team, becoming a First Aider or taking up a position on the Committee of the club. Volunteers can learn new skills and also pass on their professional expertise to others.
Here are some of the skills you might put to good use at your local rugby club:
Making and serving food/drinks
First Aid skills,
Making people feel welcome
Liaising with local businesses for sponsorship,
Carrying out risk assessments
and so much more. You might even want to put yourself forward for a place on the committee or get involved with pitch-side, refereeing or coaching any of the age groups at your chosen club.
There is no set limit for the number of hours you can give; it depends on your situation; from a couple of hours a year right up to a few hours a week. You might prefer to watch a match and help out with ground maintenance in the off-season or you may enjoy the Spectator Safety side of the game.
From a ‘Thank you’ for a job well done, to being nominated as a part of the Honda's Volunteer Recognition Programme, efforts of volunteers do not go unnoticed. All nominated volunteers are then in with a chance of attending a celebration of achievement lunch at Twickenham.
Find your local club
Use the following link to find details of all rugby clubs in Buckinghamshire. Happy Volunteering!
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