Sports volunteering charity, Join In and BBC Get Inspired have announced their partnership for the launch of the Big Help Out, an initiative aimed at inspiring 10,000 new volunteers to help out at local sports clubs, groups and events.
Log onto joininuk.org/bighelpout to sign up.
Eddie Izzard, will launch the campaign in July, ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015, which takes place 20 December in Belfast.
The Big Help Out looks to build on the success of the inaugural #BigThankYou at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014, which saw thousands of sports stars, clubs, players and organisations from across the UK say thanks to volunteers who dedicate their time to grass roots sport across the UK and helped to build their career in sport.
“Real heroes don’t wear capes or masks, they’re in the community around us, helping out at local sports clubs and using their super skills to help with fundraising, coaching, social media and everything else it takes,” Izzard said.
“But it’s not just the players that benefit, these local heroes also feel happier and healthier for helping out.”
Join In’s research shows that every volunteer allows 8.5 additional participants to get active and enjoy community sport. With a target of generating interest from 10,000 new volunteers, Join In and BBC Get Inspired hope to see up to a significant uptake in new participants involved in sport at their local clubs.
Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, Trustee of Join In and Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete added: “Volunteers have played a vital role in my career, their motivation, dedication and commitment has helped me progress in sport and they continue to help athletes, at every level, to take part in and enjoy sport.”
Every year BBC Get Inspired presents the Unsung Hero Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which recognises one individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution to sport.
Denis Neenan, last year’s BBC Midland Sport’s Unsung Hero stated:“I have been a volunteer for over 40 years and I’m still going strong.
When I first started I could never have imagined the people I would meet and the places I would go through volunteering, it’s been incredible, if I had the chance to do it all again I would.”
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