Keeping your cricket volunteers happy is key to their long term engagement in the game. Below discover the best tools and tips to get the most from your volunteers including welcoming new volunteers, keeping them motivated and additional organisations which can help.
Welcoming cricket volunteers
The volunteer’s first experience at your club is crucial so it's vital your club makes a good first impression.
A really simple way of welcoming any new volunteers is to show them around the club and introduce them to new people.
- Give a brief club history and ethos
- Contact details for key committee members
- Discuss any relevant policies
Keeping your cricket volunteers motivated
There are a number of ways to ensure your volunteers stay motivated and engaged:
Hold volunteer briefings and review the role. Be open and honest with your volunteers and ask how they feel and what they would like to see improved or changed.
At the end of the season it is worth sitting down with each of your volunteers and asking some simple questions such as:
- Do they enjoy their role?
- Are they happy to continue to do this role next season?
- Would they like to do a different role at the club in the future?
- Is there any training which they think they need?
- Are there any issues or problems which they would like to discuss?
We shout when our players do well we should do the same for volunteers. So whether it is quietly saying thank you to a volunteer or nominating somebody for an award it is important for the motivation of volunteers that they feel club members genuinely appreciate their contribution.
Additional organisations which can help your cricket volunteers
There are many organisations dedicated to supporting voluntary community groups and sports clubs, which means that you can get lots of additional help aside from the ECB and county boards. Below is a list of useful ones who you might like to check out.
Many clubs often struggle to find funding to cover the cost of training for a specific volunteering course. Sport England have a small grants scheme from which clubs can apply for between £300 to £10,000 to support covering the cost of training volunteers.
Club Matters is a free programme that helps clubs with direct support in financial planning, marketing, governance and facility management. Club Matters provides grassroots community clubs with free training through online packages, workshops and one-to-one mentoring support to help all those involved in the day-to-day running of community sport.
You will find lots of help and advice on this site including a wide variety of good practice resources, information on national and local campaigns. The site also contains a simple link to find your nearest volunteer centre.
V is a national charity that offers young people easy access to a wide range of volunteering projects and programmes which will enable them to gain experience and self-confidence to improve their employability.
County Sports Partnerships
There are 49 County Sports Partnerships throughout the country who offer a wide range of training and support for volunteers, from cheap and affordable courses, organising seminars and workshops as well as grants to support more expensive and specialist training.