Young volunteers have a really important role
Paddlesport has a great deal to offer young people. The whole sport depends on the input of volunteers and by giving some time to paddlesport you can:
- Gain nationally recognised qualifications and British Canoeing awards for your time
- Learn from experienced volunteers and develop transferable skills and knowledge
- Enhance your employability through experience in different roles
- Improve organisational skills and make new friends
Remember, employers and organisations respect someone who volunteers their time - volunteering in paddlesport will really help your CV.
Opportunities in paddlesport
There are lots of opportunities for young people to get involved in volunteering in paddlesport. Take a look at our Reward Schemes and Awards, join our Youth Action Network, or get involved in volunteering at your local club or centre.
What roles can I take on?
There are lots of roles you can take on in clubs, centres or at regional and national level. Here are just a few:
- Supporting the Volunteer Coordinator
- Assistant Treasurer or fundraising
- Media/Marketing Officer - designing club logos and posters; creating website and newsletters
- General administration - committee minutes; assisting with Clubmark or development plans
- Checking boats and equipment
- Coaching - assistant to coach or leader and helping lead sessions/warm-ups
- Assisting at events and festivals
For more information on all of these take a look at club roles within our Club management section.
Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Contact British Canoeing at firstname.lastname@example.org, who can give you advice on clubs and centres that may need new volunteers and help you find suitable volunteering opportunities.