Welsh Athletics marks Volunteers’ Week 2023.
2023 marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), we have joined thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK. With this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate and Inspire’ we hope to encourage people to be the change that we want to see and get involved in volunteering in whatever way works for them.
Volunteers and officials are the lifeblood of our sport and are often unseen and unrecognised, so taking time during Volunteers’ week to celebrate all their hard work and their efforts has never been more important.
Zoe Holloway, Officials and Volunteer Coordinator shared:
"On behalf of Welsh Athletics, I give a sincere thank you to our volunteers and officials across the Welsh sporting athletics landscape for the hours dedicated hosting competitions, managing clubs, growing talent and providing opportunities which would not be possible without volunteers.
This year we will also be using Volunteers week to inspire more people to get involved in volunteering, celebrate our great volunteers and officials that are involved in Athletics in Wales and highlight the various volunteering opportunities on offer".
Interested in becoming a volunteer? There are many benefits of volunteering for your local athletics/running club.
Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications and help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
Learn new skills
Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications. Volunteering demonstrates transferable skills. Having volunteering on your CV will help you to stand out from the crowd. By volunteering your time to others you can become a skilled person - someone that employers, universities and colleges want.
Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement and can improve self-esteem.
Make a difference
Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on athletes, communities and society in general.
Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
Be part of a community
Volunteering and helping others can also help us feel a sense of belonging and connect with our community.
Be a part of the action
Have the best viewpoint close to the action.
Volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.