SPORTING clubs and organisations are being offered the chance to learn how to get the most out of their volunteer helpers.
As part of Bedell Volunteers’ Week, which recognises the significant contribution made by volunteers in sport, Kathy Tracey from the Learning Company is holding a free, two-hour course on 8 October called Managing Volunteers.
‘It’s important for both parties to get the most out of the relationship, for the sport to benefit from the support and for the volunteer to feel included and valued. The training sessions will look at finding and introducing new people, motivating them, and facilitating ‘open door’ exits,’ said Ms Tracey.
‘The sessions will also help people to think about how they manage volunteers in terms of getting them ‘to do what needs to be done’ in line with the aims of the club. This is an interactive session, with time for small group discussions, which lead to a lively and engaging atmosphere.’
Jenny Murphy, sports development officer at the Guernsey Sports Commission, said volunteers were an important resource in the sporting sector.
‘Volunteers are absolutely essential to the island’s sporting community which is the whole reason behind Bedell Volunteers’ Week but it can be a challenge for those running the sport, many of whom will be volunteers themselves,’ she said.
‘Making sure volunteers feel valued and that their time is being used to the best possible effect is vital within a club or organisation. Managing volunteers is an art but it does bring enormous benefits to the sport and its participants.’
Ms Tracey, a New Zealander, has a long history in the sporting world. Throughout her childhood she took part in water sports in New Zealand. At school she played basketball and went on to play rugby at university. She represented her country at kayaking at the World Championships in Montreal in 1986 and won a silver medal at the Commonwealth regatta the same year.
Since being in Guernsey, Ms Tracey is probably best known for her part in Mission Atlantic, the women’s rowing team which gained a World Record in 2006. She is also active in the local rowing scene and ran the London Marathon earlier this year.
Bedell Volunteers’ Week, which is organised by the Guernsey Sports Commission and sponsored by Bedell Cristin, runs from Tuesday 1 October. A night of recognition will take place on Monday 7 October, to conclude the week’s activities.
The Managing Volunteers course takes place in the Delancey Room at Beau Sejour from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 8 October. To book a place email email@example.com with your name and contact details. For more details contact Jenny Murphy on 747271 or visit www.guernseysports.com