Join In last week launched a new project entitled Run It, a UK wide campaign which aims to increase participation in running and recruit more people to become volunteers in community sport. Formed as part of the London 2012 legacy, Join In has over 4,000 volunteer opportunities at running clubs and events available for those interested in increasing their involvement in sport.
Statistics from the campaign show that around seven out of 10 grassroots sports clubs still need more volunteers: this can be in any capacity, including helping out trackside, working as a run club leader of club coach, or even assisting with social media.
As Join In’s research reveals, each volunteer creates the capacity for at least 8.5 more participants in sport. By connecting running clubs with volunteers, ‘Run It’ will increase the amount of people taking part in running across the UK.
The campaign is fronted by European champion Jo Pavey, former 5km world record holder David Moorcroft and Britain’s second fastest female marathon runner, Mara Yamauchi. Join In Director of Sport David Moorcroft commented: “I’ve seen first-hand the impact that volunteers can have within running, both on and off the track.”
Helping out at your local club can be very rewarding, not only are you helping to support and build running communities but you also become a part of that community. We hope that we can inspire more people to start helping out at the local running clubs and help grow the ever increasing running population.”
For further information on how to be involved, visit the Join In UK website.