- Want to get involved in sporting events?
- Have family or friends in athletics want to take part too?
- Need work experience in sport/event management?
- Want to meet new people?
- Have any interest whatsoever in Athletics?
Then volunteering in Athletics could be for you!
Our sport relies almost entirely on volunteers, both in the day-to-day running of our 60+ affiliated clubs and in the organisation of our events. With so many roles to cover, from coach/club volunteer to official and athletes' event services, there really is something for everyone.
It really is fantastic experience, and could set you apart in applying for other roles, recently such as the London 2012 Gamesmakers.
Left: Athletics NI Volunteer Squad Member Lisa-Marie Cooke with fellow Gamesmaker and Paralympic Torch Carrier Lee Maddison, London 2012 Paralympics (with thanks to Lee for photo permission)
Volunteer at Athletics NI Events
Athletics NI are responsible for the organisation of some of Ireland's biggest athletics events. Whether for Cross Country, Road Running or Track & Field, we rely heavily on officials and volunteers to enable us to run these events, and there are roles suited to everyone (see Volunteering Opportunities).
Registered volunteers recruited for an event will receive a unique tshirt, and are entitled to free/discounted officiating and coaching courses, workshops and more.
If you are aged 14 or over and would be interested in helping out then please register online or contact us for a postal volunteer registration pack: Jenni Robinson - email@example.com - 028 9060 2707
Younger volunteers may be accepted from age 10+ if a parent/authorised guardian also registers and joins the young volunteer in their role.
All volunteers are subject to an Access NI check (10 years old and over) before being accepted to volunteer in roles involving children or vulnerable adults.
Volunteering in Clubs
If you would like to be involved in athletics on a regular basis, then volunteering in a club could be for you.
There are around 64 clubs in Northern Ireland and Ulster, covering ages 8-80+ in track and field, cross country, road running and mountain running.
Most clubs meet at least once a week for training, and are always on the lookout for people to be coaches, helpers and committee members (coaches subject to UKA license)
You will see they are placed on a map but you can "view listing" to see them individually by name. Each club has a secretary, who is the point of contact for the club - give them a ring or pop down to a training session to speak to someone about joining the club and getting involved.
Are you a club looking for volunteers? Visit the Resources for Clubs section.
NB - due to the high concentration of Belfast Clubs, some of them may be slightly out of place on the map. If you are interested please check with the secretary exactly where they are based.