Active Volunteers

Information for people looking to volunteer in the sports sector

Across the County of Devon there is an army of volunteers without whom, many local people would not be able to play sport or take part in physical activity. They make sure pitches are playable and have line markings, that paperwork for the club gets done, they take the register at junior training or accompany teams as chaperones, they make sure there are refreshments available after the match or that the kit is cleaned each week.

As well as 'doing your bit' for your local community, volunteering offers real benefits, from meeting new people, to gaining work experience to being able to add it to your CV. You don't have to be 'sporty' to volunteer your time, there are opportunities for everyone.

There is also evidence that volunteering can improve your health including improvement in insomnia and speedier recovery from surgery.

Need more volunteers? Baffled by CRBs or the New Vetting and Barring Scheme?

The Devon Association of CVS are offering time and expertise on a range of volunteering issues to small (income under £40k) community and voluntary groups across Devon. You may want to find out more about the Vetting and Barring Scheme or help with recruiting more volunteers – if so, we can help! You will also be able to access regular updates on volunteering issues and have the opportunity to link in to local networks if you want to. Interested? We would love to hear from you. Contact Jenny Fish, County Co-ordinator by email or telephone 01237 471136 and a local worker from your District Council for Voluntary Service will arrange to come and see you.


ASDAN has announced a 2 credit (20 hour) qualification for volunteers. The aim of the qualification is to enable volunteers to develop skills and knowledge needed to make an effective contribution at an event. For details contact ASDAN by e-mail or ring 0117 941 1126 or visit

For all of the up to date volunteering opportunities in Devon go to: