The volunteers meeting on 14th May was attended by 28 club
stakeholders, many of whom had not attended the similar events in
previous years - which is an indicator of how healthy volunteering
is within the club. There were presentations from Club Chair,
Ean Parsons and Secretary of the Friends of Hardwick Park, John
Fitzpatrick on the proposal to set up a Friends of Sedgefield
Harriers group. There was strong support from the volunteers
present and it was decided to take the initiative forward.
The Friends Group has great potential for supporting the club
in the future and in particular the Back the Track campaign.
First meeting of the Friends Group will be Tuesday 18th June
at 7.30pm in Ceddesfeld Hall.
Volunteers Evening 14th May 2103
It is now a tradition that the club holds a volunteers intiative
each May to bolster participation and support as we continually
develop. This year the volunteers initiative involves forming a
'Friends of Sedgefield Harriers' group. This group will
formailse the support given to the club by its many stakeholders
including friends, family, members and parents. It is hoped
that the group will comprise of maybe 20 people who will meet
quarterley. Against the background of our Back the Track
campaign the Friends Group can play a vitally important role in
fundraising and practical support.
As usual with the volunteers initiatives there is no obligation
on anyone who comes along to get involved; the evening provides an
excellent opportunity to learn more about the club and to chat with
those more involved in a social environment.
John Fitzpatrick, secretary of The Friends of Hardwick, will be
there to give us the benefit of his experience; John Stacey of
England Athletics will also be on hand with support and advice.
The volunteers evening is on Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm in
More information from Ean Parsons
Thank you to all of our current volunteers who
make Sedgefield Harriers the superb club that it is. Our
volunteers are marshals, time-keepers, dinner-organisers, committee
members, coaches, parents, etc. etc. We are always
looking for people to get invloved so if there is anything
here that appeals to you or you have skills that you can share then
please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Appeal for Parent-Helpers and Assistant
Volunteers in any capacity are crucially important to
the club but Marie Walker would like to say that the club is
urgently in need of parent-helpers and new coaches to help out at
juniors each Wednesday. Without this help the club cannot
continue to expand and develop and junior numbers will need to be
restricted, which is something we have always tried to
The club will support anyone who is interested in taking
an early stage coaching qualification. For more information
Volunteering Opportunities - Updated
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There are always opportunities for volunteering with
First, let us sell it to you ...
Sedgefield Harriers is a remarkable success story, just take a
look around our website and you'll find out why. But we don't
mind reminding you that in 2011 we were awarded Development Club of
the Year by our national governing body England Athletics and then
UK Athletics made us their Club of the Year. Locally the
Northern Echo recognised us as Local Heroes Team of the Year.
So, if you join us you will be joining a success story.
We think we are an ideal opportunity for you to get involved
Parents - we have a thriving junior section and
we are always in need of helpers to assist coaches in running
sessions. This is a tremendously satisfying thing to
do. You will have the satisfaction of taking juniors from
their introduction to athletics through finding their feet in the
sport of their choice and going on and competing. Our juniors
have so much talent that the sky is the limit, and you can be a
part of that. Of course, we want our helpers to take the next
step and become assistant coaches and maybe full coaches.
This is in no way far fetched - it's how most coaches start
out. You don't have to have been a champion to be able to
coach, you just need enthusiasm. Without our helpers and
coaches there wouldn't be a junior club, it's as simple as
18 - 25 Year Olds - and in this we'll include
students. This is a fabulous opportunity to develop and learn
new skills and take a journey that will bring you rewards that you
hadn't thought of. It will also help you with deciding how
you want your career to progress and help you with the skills you
need to be successful in your career and through life. You
will go places and meet people such as Olympic Athletes. You
will probably take part and improve in athletics yourself. We
will support you to take coaching qualifications. You will learn to
be a leader and an instructor.
By volunteering with us we may be able to help you with a
college course or something like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
The 'Time Rich' - for whatever reason, we all
have a time in our life when we are 'time rich' for a while.
That can be frustrating or it can be a treasured time and for you
we'd like it to be the latter. Whether you have found
yourself temporarily out of work or whether you have retired,
volunteering with Sedgefield Harriers will be rewarding. We
will help you with training and gaining experience and when you are
ready to get back into work it will be great for your cv. You
will get a lot of satisfaction from working with us and you will
probably end up participating too so it will be good for your
health, fitness and confidence. In addition to this, it is
very likely that you will have skills that will benefit us.
It's a win-win.
How you can help us ... What can you do? You
will have skills and experience that will be useful to us. We
are a voluntary organisation and we rely on the skills and
experience of our members - so if youwant to be involvedlet us know
what you can do for us.
But if you are offering an extra pair of hands and you want some
suggestions of what we are looking for, well we need people for
admin, social events, race and event support, time-keeping and
officiating, marshalling, IT/web-site, grant applications, travel
to competition, catering at BBQ etc., session support and coaching
- among other things. It takes a lot to make a club like ours
So... it is the Olympics 2020 and you're watching an athlete in
a GB vest on the starting line of the 800m or the run-up for the
javelin. They're familiar to you but you're more used to seeing
them in a Sedgefield vest. You've known them since they were
at primary school and they first came along on a club night,
nervous and unfamiliar. You saw they had talent and you've
helped them to realise it. It's not all down to you but
you're part of the team that put them where they are now. How
do you feel? A dream - well how did Jess Ennis start,
and what was Mo Farah like when he was 12?
How to get started ...
If you like what you've read and you would like
to get involved then contact us here ... Volunteer with
Or, if you're not sure and you'd just like to know more for the
moment then contact us here ... Enquire about
volunteering with Sedgefield Harriers