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Ask not what your club can do for you; ask what you can do for your club

As a club, CoNAC relies heavily on the dedication, cooperation and support of all our volunteers. Without our volunteers, we would have no club. We are developing rapidly and there are lots of tasks that need to be done properly to ensure our club operates effectively and efficiently.

Perhaps the biggest and best benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference for others in their community.

So if you’re a CoNAC member, the parent of a member, someone who loves athletics or perhaps someone who just wants to make a difference, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Our Volunteer Coordinator post is currently vacant – in the meantime please click here to send an email to Lizzy Searjeant.

Currently we have a range of volunteering opportunities which are critical to the success of CoNAC.

These are just some of the roles which are filled by volunteers at CoNAC:


Leadership

  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Event directors – cross country events, road races, track & field meetings, Sportshall competitions, etc
  • Team managers – cross country, road running, track & field, Sportshall

Coaching & Support

  • Coaches
  • Coordinators – Coaching, cross country, road running, Sportshall, track & field

Events

  • Minibus drivers
  • Track & field and Sportshall officials – starters, judges, timekeepers, measurer’s, etc
  • Road race and cross country support staff – registration & results, car parking, course marshals, water
stations, baggage, medals & goody bags etc, etc
  • Track & field and Sportshall event staff – refreshments. equipment and site management, refreshments & hospitality, public address etc
  • Social event organisers
  • Match Reporters – write a report on the match for the website / paper.
  • Match Photographers – take some photos of the action for the website / etc.

If you would like to play your part in helping to make our club as successful as it can be, please contact Lizzy Searjeant.

Frequently asked questions

Q – How do I know which opportunity is right for me?
A – The reasons why people volunteer are specific to each individual. Think about the reason why you would like to volunteer. For example, do you want to improve your health and wellbeing, lend a hand and support your club whilst your child attends their training session or do you want to meet new people and learn a new skill? You don’t have to be an athletics expert to get involved! There are a whole host of roles at CoNAC, ranging from official or coach to helping with refreshments on training nights, team manager to managing the club’s Facebook page.

Q – How much time do I need to volunteer for?
A – This is really up to you. If your child is training at the club why not make the most of your time and lend a hand? You can make a real difference. Other roles happen away from club nights.

Q – I’m worried that I may not be able to make a long term commitment to the club.
A – Don’t worry! With life’s twists and turns we understand that personal circumstances change and in the future you may not be in a position to volunteer. No problem at all. If this does happen just have a chat to the person in charge and give as much notice as possible. You are under no formal obligation to keep volunteering. As and when you are in a position to you can always return to the sport.

Q – I’m working full time. Will I still be able to volunteer?
A – Absolutely! There are many opportunities to volunteer in athletics during weekday evenings and weekends. CoNAC can cater for different time commitments, whether you want to volunteer once a month or once a week. You may well be able to use your professional expertise or skills from your employment in supporting the club. Some employers encourage their employees to volunteer in their local community during work time. Ask your employer if they have an Employer Volunteering Scheme and see how you can get involved. Further information on Employer Supported Volunteering can be found on the Volunteering England Website – www.volunteering.org.uk

Q – Can I volunteer if I have a disability?
A – Yes, of course you can! There are volunteers with disabilities in all kind of roles.

Q – What skills will I need?
A – This depends on the opportunity. You don’t need to be an athletics expert to volunteer at your local club. Essentially, all you need is enthusiasm and a smile! As you grow in confidence and start to establish yourself within the club you may like to gain a coaching or officiating qualification.

Q – What support is available?
A – On a day-to-day basis CoNAC will be able to support you. Outside of the club environment, England Athletics are there to support club based volunteers via their website and through their Club and Coach Support Officer team who can offer specialised, local support. England Athletics also deliver a programme of courses throughout the year for both Officials and Coaches. Full details can be found via the England Athletics website www.englandathletics.org/courses.

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