Young people are central to many clubs as players, spectators and volunteers.
Rugby League has a great deal to offer young people, whilst at the same time they have a huge amount of potential to offer in return.
From a clubs point of view young people can:
- Energy, inspiration and enthusiasm
- Bring a different skill set to older volunteers (IT, media, web design)
- Provide a link between young and old club members
- Ensure sustainability
- Attract other young helpers
For the young people it:
- Provides an opportunity outside of the school environment
- Helps them improve their skills through work
- Aides their qualification opportunities
- Improves their CV
- Helps them develop their citizenship skills
To help recruit more young people to volunteer at your club there are many things you could do.
A few ideas include:
- Using new media platforms such as text, social networking and websites
- Work with schools and educational establishments
- Enlist the help of the RFL’s Volunteer Officers
Rugby League is playing a major role in boosting volunteering in sport thanks to its involvement in a new £4million national partnership.
The RFL, through the Student Rugby League, is investing significant funding and resources in a project which targets young people aged between 16 to 25 across England and is set to create 10,000 volunteering opportunities in coaching, sports leadership, match officials and sports administration.
The project is co-ordinated by v - the youth volunteering charity whose mission is to inspire a new generation of young volunteers in England, running from June 2008 to March 2011.
Fellow governing bodies, the LTA, the ECB and the RFU are also partners in the project.