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Volunteering in Sport - Working With Volunteers

Did you know…
38% of adults volunteer in Scotland
26% are involved in sport or recreational activities...but
60% of adults in Scotland say they have never been asked to volunteer

 Source: Volunteer Development Scotland:
Annual Digest of Statistics on Volunteering in Scotland 2004
Sport 21The Volunteer Centre Network Scotland in partnership with sportscotland appointed 6 Regional Development Officers for Volunteering in sport to support those working in sport to recruit and retain volunteers (Target 10 of Sport 21 - The national Strategy for sport).
Volunteer Centre HighlandBased in your local Volunteer Centre, Volunteering Highland, Dagmar Borrowman is the Development Officer for Highland and the Western Isles. The Volunteer Centre Highland offers the following services to your sport club:
  • Advertise your volunteer opportunities in our 6 centres throughout Highland and on the national website
  • Good practice advice for involving volunteers in sport
  • Support and advice for developing a framework for the recruitment, recognition and retention of volunteers
  • Help you to work towards ensuring equality of access to your volunteering opportunities
  • Deliver training on volunteer involvement
  • Provide information on volunteering research


Volunteers' Week (1-7 June) is the UK's annual celebration of the work volunteers do. During this Week events are held across the country to recognise, reward and recruit volunteers. This is a great opportunity for your sport club to say THANK YOU to your organisres, timekeepers, coaches, marshalls, parent helpers and all others. For some ideas have a look at:

This web site provides a range of tools and resources to help you celebrate Volunteers' Week and the contribution that your volunteers have made.

Free Resources

"Turn Your Organisation into a Volunteer Magnet" Edited by Andy Fryar, Rob Jackson, and Fraser Dyer. The book shares essays from 18 contributors from Australia, the UK and the US on attracting the best and most diverse volunteers and then working with them successfully.


 Download the Insurance Quote Request Form

Turn Your Organisation into a Volunteer Magnet
(Adobe Acrobat PDF Format).


  Other resources (click on the image to download the PDF Document)...
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20 Top Tips For 'Asking' Volunteers (315Kb).

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The Role of Asking - Research into asking people to volunteer (1048Kb).

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Scotland's Volunteering Landscape - The Nature of Volunteering (1058Kb).

Please note that to open an Adobe PDF document, you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader (available as a free download).


Recognise Your Volunteers For Their Commitment

Working with young volunteers between the age of 16-25?

Looking to recognize their contribution to your sport?

Why not register your young helpers for the MV awards with Volunteering Highland. Participants will receive awards for 50, 100 or 200 hours volunteering. The Awards are flexible and easily accessible for your young helper and will give them a real boost ensuring they stay with you next year.

To register your volunteers or for more information contact our newly appointed Youth Development worker Helen Maclean at:

Telephone 01463-711393 or e-mail:


Volunteering In Sport Newsletters

Volunteering Highland produce a volunteering in sport newsletter and we are now posting these on he Coaching Highland site.  Go to the Downloads page in the Members Area and then click on the 'Coaching Highland Downloads' and then 'Volunteering Newsletters' folders to view the newsletters.


Useful Websites:

Volunteer Scotland
The national volunteer centre network
Volunteer Development Scotland 
Centre for excellence for volunteering in Scotland
The national agency for sport in Scotland 
Help for Clubs
Resources for Volunteer management

For more information contact:

Dagmar Borrowman
Volunteering in Sport Development Officer
Volunteering Highland
The Gateway
1a Millburn Road
Tel: 01463 711393
Fax:01463 225001
Volunteering Highland Website:

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