Gymnastics relies on the volunteers that work tirelessly up and down the country every week. The sport simply wouldn’t be what it is without such generosity and willingness to make a difference. This year more volunteers than ever have been involved in our sport.
There are now 311 My Leadership Academies in British Gymnastics clubs, giving young people aged 11+ a chance to develop their leadership skills. There are over 3000 Young Leaders within these academies, which can only benefit gymnastics in the years to come.
More than 6000 hours have been volunteered to assist and support the British Gymnastics event programme throughout the year. From handing out programmes to spectators, to filming the action on the competition floor, volunteers of all ages have been involved.
At awards ceremonies across the regions volunteers have been recognised for their invaluable work. The 2017 National Awards in October also provided another opportunity to celebrate the hours many volunteers give to gymnastics.
On the British Gymnastics website, there have been updates to the volunteering pages, allowing more than 150 people so far to register their interest in volunteering at a local club, or at regional or national events. There is also a new recognition process, making it easier for us to hear the stories of those who go the extra mile.