England Athletics plans to invest significant focus in their future work with volunteers, but first they need to test a number of well-established views to better understand both the barriers and motivations in volunteering before they take action and impact real sustainable change.
They would therefore like us to share the following survey with the volunteers at Bristol & West Athletic Club. They would like as many individuals as possible to respond, rather than a single response per club, so they can gather as much information and evidence in this area as they can. So please go to www.englandathletics.org/volunteer-survey-2016 to complete the survey. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. While people may have given their views to England Athletics in different ways over recent months or years this survey is an essential way of gaining a clear understanding of the views of volunteers across the sport.
England Athletics have identified volunteering as a critical area of focus moving forward, in the words of England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones, “Supporting and building the capacity and diversity of our volunteer workforce is absolutely key to sustaining and growing our great sport across all forms. Volunteering is at the forefront of our recently published strategic priorities and is integral to the future health of our sport. Without volunteers our sport would cease to exist as we realise it. Volunteers have been the consistent ingredient behind the growth in athletics and running participation during the last decade. This research is fundamentally important and we need the views and insights from a variety of informed individuals and organisations if we are to truly make a lasting difference.”
The more people who can spare time to completing it, the more England Athletics can understand everyone’s views. There is an opportunity to add any additional comments at the end of this survey if you wish to say things that aren’t directly discussed in the questions.
Everyone who completes the survey can also opt to be included in a prize draw to win an England Athletics goody bag.
You can also feed in your views on these and wider issues throughout the year by contacting your Regional Councillors – see the ‘About us’ section for your area at www.englandathletics.org/yourarea. Clubs can also speak to their Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSO). Many thanks for all that our club’s volunteers do for the sport.