We are run entirely by volunteers and we never underestimate the generosity of the coaches, parents, athletes, families and friends who give up their time to support us.
Qualified coaches run the sessions but we welcome anyone to come and support our sessions no matter the inexperience or lack of qualifications. As an example, there are two young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards and their contribution in supporting our coaches is part of their assessment. If a person wishes to become qualified we will subsidise this in return for a number of committed hours. Oscar, brother of one of the athletes says “I love to be fully involved with Special Olympics and to be able to build my skill base around all those with learning disabilities and their sport. I help with the coaching of athletics and sailing, fundraising, social events and encouraging the athletes to gain their full potential in their sport”
We can also offer opportunities in all areas of how we work eg in team managing, coaching, driving, fundraising and looking after our website and more information is shown below.
|Role||Duties||Time and qualifications|
|Sports Coaches||Coaching in athletics, badminton or football. We will subsidise future qualifications in return for committed hours||1.5 – 2 hours per week for one session
At least Level 1 or Assistant Coach. DBS check
|Coaching Volunteers||Support qualified coaches, set up equipment, organise participants into groups. We will subsidise future qualifications in return for committed hours||1.5 – 2 hours per week for one session
No experience necessary but enthusiasm and a willingness to work with a wide range of abilities. DBS check
|Team Manager /Administrator in athletics:
|Contact athletes/parents/carers for availability for competitions, which occur approximately once a month from February to September. Send entry forms in with athlete names and entry performances. Send programme for team before the day and organise team sheet on the day, collate results after competition. NB If someone could not always be available for team managing on the day but can just do the administrator role this would be fine||2-3 hours before competition, all day of competition (10-12 hours) and 1 hour after competition. Approximately 15 hours per month from January to September.
Good organisational skills. DBS check required
|Drivers for competitions:||Approximately once a month from February to September. Support at the competition would be welcomed but not necessary
|Longest journey normally 2.5 hours each way.
Must be over 25 with at least 1 year’s experience of driving minibus or larger vehicle
|Manage and update pages with latest news, team results on 3 sites. Create newsletter. Incorporate social media. Three websites are:||2-3 hours per month
IT skills required.
|Fundraising||Helping out at fundraising events such as stalls and bucket collections||As and when events occur|