England Hockey and Join In launch new community hockey initiative

As the EuroHockey Championships 2015 hit London, England Hockey and sports volunteer charity ‘Join In’ are putting community hockey at the forefront with the launch of ‘Big Help Out Hockey’.

The ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ initiative will work with amateur hockey clubs across the UK, to inspire new and existing volunteers to help out each week at their local clubs and events and contribute to the on going #BigHelpOut target of 10,000 set by Join In and BBC Get Inspired ahead of Sports Personality of the Year.

Launching on the 24 August, Join In together with England Hockey, will be promoting a number of community hockey clubs and groups – shining a light on volunteers and the huge impact they have in the sport.

London 2012 legacy charity Join In already has over 1850 volunteer opportunities at hockey clubs and events that need filling, and there are roles for everyone: club coaches, umpires and event organisers. And they don’t just need help pitch-side, you can help with social media, paint the clubhouse or collect members’ subs – the options are endless.

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Throughout the campaign, community clubs with a Join In club page will benefit from a huge audience of volunteers, who will be driven towards hockey.

Join In’s network of on-the-ground volunteers will be on hand to work with clubs regionally and help connect and support clubs and volunteers.

Any hockey star will tell you that volunteers are at the heart of hockey. ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ will celebrate the existing volunteer heroes within the sport and highlight the important and diverse roles that volunteers play.

Seven out of 10 grassroots sports clubs still need more volunteers. As Join In’s research reveals, each volunteer creates the capacity for at least 8.5 more participants in sport. By connecting hockey clubs with volunteers, ‘Big Help Out Hockey’ will increase the amount of people taking part in hockey across the UK with more people leading happier and healthier lives through sport.

England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh agrees, “Some of our most important team mates are those off the pitch. The coaches who helped us develop and kept us motivated at club level through to the event volunteers who make each event run smoothly- we couldn’t do it without them.”

England Hockey Officiating and Volunteers Manager Richard Glynne-Jones said, “We are delighted to be working with Join In again.  Their expertise and assistance has been invaluable in the past and we are confident this campaign will result in more volunteers getting involved with hockey clubs”

CEO of Join In, Rebecca Birkbeck added, “We are excited to be working with England Hockey. Volunteers are vital in maintaining and growing community hockey. Together we want to highlight the range of volunteer roles available and drive more volunteers into the sport.”