Netball simply wouldn’t happen without the time, talent and expertise of an estimated 26,000 incredible volunteers at every level of the game. We’ve been conducting research and listening to netball volunteers over the last few years in order to launch, our first ever, volunteering strategy.
The vision centres on: “Building a movement, empowering volunteers to enrich lives through netball”
It is underpinned by two strategic goals which are:
1. Support: Develop an effective infrastructure
2. Activate: A Volunteer Development Model
Why is this strategy important?
England Netball want to promote and support the netball volunteer network to effectively recruit, retain, recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements volunteers support us to achieve, across the country.
To do all this we need a clear vision and framework which this strategy provides through giving us the platform to:
- Deepen our understanding of the volunteering network to, raise the profile of it, and ensure there is a clearly defined strategic approach to supporting those within it.
- Enable volunteers to access the right role, in the right place, at the right time bringing skills and expertise to netball, aligned to their motivations and passion for the sport.
- Ensure volunteers have a meaningful and worthwhile volunteering experience in netball where they feel valued.
The Volunteer Development model, consists of six bubbles that groups motivation for volunteers all centred on Love, the most common word used to describe how they feel about netball.
There are so many different roles you can get involved in with netball. It all depends on what your motivations are, how much time you can commit and knowing where the opportunities are.
Opportunities can usually be broken down into three types…
There is a clear pathway of training and support in place for you to develop as a Coach or Official (this includes Umpiring and Technical Officials) and opportunities are available at School, Club, County, Regional and National levels as well as within Vitality Netball Superleague clubs.
In addition to these we are currently working in partnership with our volunteers to map all the other roles that are involved in making netball happen outside of coaching and officiating. Look at our ‘Other Roles’ section to explore what additional opportunities exist across the country.
Here you'll find a step-by-step guide to get you started.
Other Volunteering Roles
In addition to the opportunities available to volunteer as a coach or official, there are a huge number of other roles you can get involved in to enrich lives through netball.
We know how important it is to make sure volunteers have access to appropriate support to help empower them in their roles. This section signposts you to our various support tools.
Netball Event Volunteering
We couldn't deliver our events without the support of volunteers. Register your interest in supporting match days and events here.
Young people will ensure the future success of netball. We have a wide range of opportunities for them to get involved with.
Celebrating with Volunteers
It's very important to celebrate the achievements that our volunteers make. We have a number of awards you could nominate someone for.