Today marks the start of National Volunteers’ Week, so what better time to say thank you to all our amazing volunteers who give up their time to make badminton happen up and down the country.
From coaches to officials and local leisure centres to international tournaments, there are an incredible array of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer in our sport.
Almost all our volunteers tell us they get enormous satisfaction from seeing the outcomes from giving up their time.
Our volunteers find it fun, and say it helps them meet people and make new friends. You can learn new skills and feel a sense of personal achievement in knowing you are making a difference to your community.
Check out the volunteering pages on our website to discover ways of getting involved and often, as a starting point, your local badminton club is the easiest method of beginning your volunteering journey.
There are over 1400 affiliated clubs across the country and you don’t have to have a huge amount of time available to make a significant difference.
In most jobs you can learn as you go, with many clubs offering guidance, in addition to Badminton England’s support.
If you’d like to know more about the opportunities that may be available on your doorstep, find your local club here.
Volunteers are integral to helping badminton’s major events run smoothly and this week we’ll tell you more about the YONEX All England family.
We’ll share the perspectives of some of those who take up some key roles within our sport, including county secretary Judy White and welfare officer Amanda Austin.
We’ll also hear from 2020 Young Volunteer of the Year, Annie Zhu, one of the winners at our annual National Volunteer Awards which celebrate those who make a difference in their communities.
And as we shine a light on our vital volunteers, we also want to encourage clubs and counties to take the time to thank their volunteers for their work in helping keep the badminton show on the road across the nation.