Cornwall Sports Partnership looking for the Solution in Sports Volunteering
The Cornwall Sports Partnership has been awarded a grant from Sport England to look at new approaches to sports volunteering and are pleased to announce the launch of the new 'Volunteer Solutions Pathway'.
This pathway aims to increase the number of volunteers making sport and physical activity happen in Cornwall through working closer with those on the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme, encourage more young people within our Further and Higher Education establishments to become coaches and connecting workplaces with clubs and events in their local community.
The programme will see the CSP along with key partners Volunteer Cornwall, the DofE programme and the Cornwall Healthy Workplace programme work within the above three key areas to create a pathway from those within school through to further education and then within workplaces to have the opportunity to make a difference locally and volunteer within sport and physical activity. Volunteers on the programme will be incentivised to continue volunteering and make that behaviour change to a lifelong participation in sports volunteering.
With a target of recruiting 300 new volunteers this project hopes to make a difference on how active Cornwall is by these volunteers supporting over 2,500 people to do more sport and physical activity.
Tim Marrion, Partnership Manager at the CSP who led on the application to Sport England went on to say "Volunteers and supporting volunteers is such an important area of our work as without them sport and physical activity just wouldn't happen. Because of this it is such great news that we can launch this programme and actually have something tangible to grow and support volunteers all year round. This work compliments the work we currently do around our annual Sports Awards and recognition of our Volunteer of the Month to ensure we really do position volunteers at the heart of what we do to make sport physical activity a part of everyday life."
Karin Saunders, DofE Manager in Cornwall commented 'This linked up approach will be very useful to the young DofE participants around the County who are always looking for suitable volunteering placements and sports clubs to complete their awards. It will be a really good thing that the clubs involved with this project will have some sort of quality assurance as they will have been vetted by the Cornwall Sports Partnership and will offer relevant training and support for the young people. As there are over 4,000 participants from the ages of 13 up to 24 years who are currently engaged on DofE awards in Cornwall I am excited to be working with The Cornwall Sports Partnership to promote these opportunities and encourage more young people to volunteer in sport and physical activity. What an exciting new venture for Cornwall.'
Anyone wishing to sign up for the new 'Volunteer Solutions Pathway' whether you are an individual, workplace or school that delivers DofE please contact the CSP on email@example.com or telephone 01872 323344.