Join In

Join In is the nation’s charity for local sports volunteering. They... 

  • support the clubs and groups who need volunteers most.
  • promote brilliant opportunities for people to lend a hand.
  • recognise the huge social value created by volunteers with campaigns.

Join In research shows that volunteering in sport is good for all of us:

You - People who volunteer in sport “win” – as sharing our time (and experience) makes us happier, gives us more self-esteem, sense of purpose and helps us learn new skills and make friendships.

Clubs - Local sport wins. Almost all grassroots clubs and activity groups rely on volunteers, and 7 out of 10 currently need more people to help out. Each new volunteer makes a huge difference – typically giving a club the capacity to welcome 8.5 more members.

Everyone - Our communities win by enabling people to find ways to play sport and live more active, healthier lives. Volunteers also care about their local areas – they are more likely to feel pride, invest their time, and build trust in communities.

Together with Official Partners BT and Intersport, Join In aspires to a nation of active people joining in their local communities. The charity’s aim is to put more volunteers into community sport. Volunteers help more people get active and we recognise the huge value they contribute to a happier, healthier nation.

Through campaigns and an on-the-ground network, Join In matches people to volunteering opportunities at clubs in their area.

In late 2014, Join In carried out pioneering research into the social and economic value of sports volunteers. The findings showed that a single volunteer in sport creates a ‘wellbeing value’ worth over £16,000, for themselves and for those they help get active.

If you’re a community sports club or group, and want to see how Join In can help you connect with more volunteers in your local area, please get in touch with your local Join In coordinator.

If you’re thinking of helping out at a local club and have any questions, the best way to get in touch is also to contact your local Join In coordinator.

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