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Thanking your amazing volunteers

It's never been a better time to say thank you to the people who make great sport and physical activity happen.

19th April 2021

by Jennie Arthur
Senior project manager, Sport England

At a time when sports clubs and organisations have faced unprecedented challenges, the invaluable role of those who give up their time to support our sector has never been more apparent.   

With many clubs and organisations beginning to reopen their doors once again, it's the perfect time to appreciate the amazing efforts of our sector’s volunteers; to say thank you for working so tirelessly to keep their clubs and community organisastions going, and for going the extra mile.

From helping to make their club Covid-safe to enable a return to play and supporting people to remain active through online coaching sessions, to reaching out to support their wider communities through food banks, delivering medicines, or checking in on neighbours, sports volunteers have gone above and beyond.

They've embraced the opportunity to step up in these times of need, to give something back and to make good use of their time.


In recognition of their amazing efforts and support, we've joined forces with partners from across the sector to produce a collaborative message of thanks to those who have supported grassroots sports during the last 12 months. 

Led by Baronness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the above video captures heartfelt messages from participants across dozens of sports showing their appreciation for all those who have stepped up to support their communities, and help grassroots sport come through these difficult times.

The last 12 months have been an incredibly challenging time for the sport sector, but without the support of huge numbers of volunteers who have stepped up, things would have been significantly harder. 

And thanks to the millions of people who continue to give their time to support their clubs and groups, there is reason to be optimistic that grassroots sports will thrive again, enabling people to benefit from all the great things we know sport and physical activity can provide.  

To all those who volunteer, thank you. Please keep giving whatever time you can, and keep making the difference.

If you're involved in an organisation that relies on volunteers, why not share our video on social media? It'd be great to let everyone who volunteers in sport and physical activity know how appreciated they are. 

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