After a full and successful Olympic cycle, the 2012 Olympic Volunteering Legacy project Join In has passed on the baton to a consortium lead by the Sport and Recreation Alliance to build on and grow volunteering in sports.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance partnership, which includes Do-it.org, will continue building on the sport volunteering legacy Join In has created in this next chapter after Rio 2016 and work to create even more opportunities for sports volunteers across the UK.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance and the consortium partners, Do-it.org, GLL, Jump, VolunteerKinetic and Volunteering Matters, share the vision that volunteering is integral to sport and recreation at every level and will work together to make sure the future of sport volunteering is growing and that the mission of Join In continues to be visible up and down the country. Activities such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year’s #BigThankYou and I Am Team GB are just two examples of how sport volunteering has reached out to local communities and following a record-breaking Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s essential that everybody who has been inspired and would like to get active by volunteering can find a place to do so.
Emma Boggis, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance said
“We are delighted to have been chosen by the Join In Trust to build on the work they have carried out over the last four years to secure a sport volunteering legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Volunteering is fundamental to sport at all levels – without volunteers there would simply be no sport, so investing in volunteers and their experience is vital to the future sustainability of the sector.”
Jamie Ward-Smith, CEO, Do-it.org said
“This is an exciting opportunity to build on the Join In legacy and promote volunteering in sports throughout the UK. We know that there is a huge appetite from Do-it.org visitors to find and access opportunities that enable them to support their passion for sport; we are looking forward to working with the Sport & Recreation Alliance led partnership to harness our reach and infrastructure so we can share sports opportunities through our networks to help sports clubs find the volunteers they need.”
Rebecca Birkbeck, CEO, Join In commented:
“Since 2012 Join In has built on the legacy of the Games Makers to shine a light on the huge value generated by volunteers in sport and share insights into what makes them tick. Whilst the Join In Trust will not continue past the autumn, we are thrilled that our innovative work on volunteering has become the blueprint for the DCMS sports strategy and that Sport England has pledged to invest up to £30m in a new volunteering strategy, enabling more people to enjoy the benefits of volunteering. By sharing our assets and knowledge with the Sport & Recreation Alliance we are delighted to know that the Join In brand will continue, our mission will be taken forward and our legacy will live on through them and their partners.”