Saying thank you
Sometimes the simplest things make a difference. Most people don’t get into volunteering because they want to win awards (although these are nice!) but saying thank you can really help to make people feel appreciated and part of the club. So it might be a quiet word at the end of the day or more formally at club meetings but this is often all that people really want.
The 14-25 age group often makes up a significant proportion of the membership at any club, but is also often significantly under-utilised in volunteer roles. To help get involve more young people in volunteering the ECB have established the vCricket programme.
The scheme is designed to specifically encourage more young people aged between 14 and 25 to volunteer within cricket and highlight all the different roles that are available in cricket clubs.
It is a very simple process whereby any young volunteers who have completed the Cricket Activator Course download and record their volunteer hours in a new interactive log book for which they can receive rewards on completing 25, 50 and 100 volunteering hours.
For more information about vCricket and the Cricket Activator Programme, please contact your local County Cricket Board (19 KB).
NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards
The OSCAs are a series of awards which recognise the amazing work carried out by volunteers at the grassroots of the game. Categories include Building Partnerships, Leagues and Boards, Young Volunteers, Officiating and Scoring, NatWest CricketForce, Young Volunteer and Lifetime Achiever. All 39 counties hold their own individual events for which you nominate volunteers from your club with all the winners invited to the national event each year at Lord's.
vInspired online awards
The vInspired online awards recognition scheme recognises the hours and skills of young volunteers and enables them to create a downloadable social action CV. The awards at v10, v50, and v100 reflect the hours spent volunteering and over 16,000 awards were given out between April 2010 and August 2013. vInspired also run a national awards programme and young people can be nominated through an online portal.
Local Authority and County Sports Partnerships
Like the OSCAs, all Local Authorities and County Sports Partnerships run their own local sports awards. The categories and application process may differ slightly but the process is usually fairly easy and straightforward. It is not only a great way of rewarding and recognising your volunteers but will also boost your club's profile with the community.
To find out more please get in touch with your Local Authority Leisure Services or Sports Development Unit or click on the link below to find the contact for your County Sports Partnership.
The big events are great but it’s often the club-based events that really make the difference to your volunteers. Whether it is the players making an end-of-season meal for everyone, or including volunteers in the end-of-season awards, it can really make your volunteers feel a key and valued part of the club.