"Some people want it to happen, some people wish it to happen and VOLUNTEERS actually make it happen"
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart "
Do you want to:
- Support your kids?
- Give something back to the game?
- Contribute to your local community?
- Enhance your work prospects?
- Help others succeed?
- Develop skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork?
- Do something rewarding while spending time with friends?
If the answer is YES to any of the above, becoming a Netball Volunteer could be for you!
What do Netball Volunteers do?
Many volunteers coach, manage or umpire for a club or school team.
Other volunteers are involved in running our sport by working in administrative or governance roles and others are involved in specific projects or helping out with one off events or tournaments.
Where will I volunteer?
Most volunteers work in the club, school or centre close to where they live or study but there are also opportunities to volunteer at other events and activities.
How many hours will I need to volunteer?
This depends on you - most volunteers give 2-4 hours a week, usually during the season. Although it tends to be the case that the more you put in the more you'll get out! Sometimes it’s more about the quality of the time you put in than the overall amount.
Why should I get involved?
Not only will you make a valuable contribution to the local netball centre but you will gain valuable career and personal skills. Not to mention making friendships that can last a lifetime.
How much will volunteering cost me?
Usually nothing ! Where possible the Centre or your club would support you by paying any out of pocket expenses. In addition when funds allow Clubs usuallyl pay for coach or umpire training.
Do I have to be good at sport or have played Netball?
No, often only a basic level of knowledge of the game is needed and we'll help you get up to speed with the game if you want to be an administrator or coach, manage or umpire a team.
Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, good at communicating and enjoy working in a team.
What are the benefits?
While volunteering for Netball is great for your community and makes the world a better place there can be some really positive outcomes for you as a Netball volunteer as well. A survey by 'Timebank' found that:
73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without;94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills;58% say that voluntary work experience can be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment;94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary or being promoted.
In addition, volunteering for Netball helps you find out what you like to do and what you're good at.As up to 60% of job vacancies are not advertised and end up being filled through external networking, Netball volunteers represent a unique network including all kinds of professionals and people from all walks of life.
Make new friends
Netball volunteers are by and large a friendly bunch and there's no better place to make new friends than working alongside like-minded people. Often groups of volunteers end up staying in touch long after they stop volunteering.
Build your confidence
Volunteering for Netball gives you an opportunity to develop new skills such as understanding people better, motivating others, communication skills and dealing with difficult situations. All these skills can increase your confidence in dealing with the challenges we all face in daily life.
One of the most surprising outcomes for many of our volunteers is how much fun they have helping others to succeed. Not every volunteer's experience is the same, but when you find a role that suits your interests you have a good chance of having fun while giving the gift of your time.
Get that glowing feeling
No one likes to talk about it but one of the fundamental needs we have as human beings is to make a contribution. Volunteering for Netball gives you an opportunity to do just that and to get that glowing feeling that comes when you share your experience and skills and know that your efforts have made a real difference.
How can I find out more?
Contact our office via email.
Don't forget that if you have a child at school, go to the school and let them know that you are interested in volunteering your time to assist with the school's netball team(s) – could be as a coach, manager, umpire, uniform co-ordinator, driver, or No 1 supporter.
it's not what you say
it's not what you do
it's how you make people feel