National Volunteer Conference

2021 National Volunteer Conference

Badminton England are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for our 2021 National Volunteer Conference.

The Conference will be an online event, taking place Saturday 11th September 2021, 2pm – 5pm. The focus will be around rebuilding badminton following the coronavirus pandemic and will include various breakout sessions, keynote speakers and networking as well as the presentation of the 2021 YONEX Volunteer of the Year Awards.

We have six exciting workshops on offer at this year’s Conference which are:

Existing players may feel anxious about returning to badminton after the pandemic or new players may be looking to start their playing journey, but how can you ensure that they all feel safe and welcome within your sessions? This workshop will provide tips on how to attract and retain new players as well as helping to combat player anxiety, create a welcoming environment and effectively promote your sessions.

Volunteers are the life blood of badminton and, without them, clubs and sessions simply could not run. Delivered by Club Matters, this workshop will identify how to develop volunteers’ experiences, highlight top tips in relation to recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers, explain how to support volunteer anxieties and plan for the future.

Developing links with schools, whether you are a coach or a club, is critical to growing any junior section. During​ this workshop, you will hear top tips on how to go about approaching schools, and understand what schools are really after from your delivery.

Many clubs, counties and organisations have experienced a drop in the number of volunteers since the pandemic, causing an increased amount of work to fall on less people. This session, led by Sport England, is designed to give you practical ideas and support on how to find help from new people. Come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other volunteers for this interactive session.

Young volunteers are very useful within club and school environments as they can introduce new ideas and help to deliver more opportunities for your players. This workshop will take a look at Badminton England Young Leader opportunities and hear from a successful young volunteer as well as providing information on recruiting and retaining young volunteers by creating an attractive offer for them.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented a number of challenges for coaches and co-ordinators delivering badminton sessions. Delivered by Badminton England’s Coaching Manager, this session will discuss possible solutions and the support available to you to build your sessions back stronger.

Volunteer Conference 2019
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2020 National Volunteer Conference

Building on the success of the inaugural Badminton England National Volunteer Conference in 2019, the 2020 conference took place on Saturday 14th March at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. The conference was held over the course of one day and consisted of two keynote addresses, four workshops and the opportunity for attendees to take part in a question and answer session with the conference host.​

  • 96% of attendees stated that they would attend a future Badminton England conference or event​
  • 92% of attendees reported that the conference had empowered them to take away at least one action to implement on a local level​
  • 86% of attendees thought that the conference improved their experience of volunteering in badminton​
  • Download the full conference report HERE
  • Download all workshop slides from our new Volunteer Hub on the Badminton England Resource Hub.

Here is the video from our 2020 National Conference.

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