Hello and welcome to the new volunteering section of the ECB website.
Our aim is to provide cricket clubs with all the help and support they would need to recruit and manage their volunteers effectively.
So before you start looking at the other sections of the volunteer website it is vital that your club has identified the roles you need to be filled and matched up your existing volunteers' skills with areas you may have some gaps.
We have developed a very simple interactive task that will help you to quickly identify exactly the roles you need filled and where you can recruit volunteers from within your club.
Just open this Know Your Volunteers (752 KB) document and spend five minutes completing it in as much detail as possible.
Once you have completed this task, take time to consider the questions at the bottom of the worksheet before then progressing onto the Finding Volunteers section of the website.
Volunteer Co-ordinator Workbook (0.9 MB)
Appoint a club volunteer co-ordinator
Volunteering and volunteer management is now firmly on the agenda for cricket, reflecting the importance of the role volunteers have in improving our clubs and communities.
A club’s volunteer co-ordinator is as important as other traditional roles within a club, such as the chairman, treasurer and secretary.
For clubs to achieve their goals efficiently volunteers need to be well coordinated. The appointment of a volunteer co-ordinator is recognition of the importance of volunteers to the effective operation of a club.
The role of the volunteer co-ordinator will vary from club to club, but the main purpose is to act as a focal point for volunteers and volunteering within the club.
With the assistance of other members within the club, and the County Board, the volunteer co-ordinator could be involved with any of the following:
- Auditing existing volunteers and roles required.
- Identifying gaps where new volunteer roles could be created.
- Recruiting new volunteers into the club from existing membership and from the local community.
- Inducting new volunteers.
- Matching volunteers and their skills to suitable roles.
- Organising relevant training/workshops for volunteers.
- Providing support to new and existing volunteers.
- Making relevant links with external volunteer organisations and programmes such as the local Volunteer Centre, university or college
- Helping to raise the profile of volunteers and volunteering within the club.
- Being the contact person for volunteers and volunteering matters.
- Thanking and rewarding volunteers.
"Littlehampton Cricket Club has really benefited from having a volunteer co-ordinator in post. Before, there was no structure to volunteering at the club and no means of both recruiting new individuals and ensuring that valuable contributions were properly recognised. Having a volunteer co-ordinator will also enable the club to build relationships with a variety of external bodies, such as schools and local volunteer centres."
John Pyant, volunteer co-ordinator, Littlehampton Cricket Club