Next week is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the generous contribution of volunteers across Australia. Sport provides a great opportunity to help others and this video of 15 year old Kai Watts teaches us what it means to give back to the community.

 

Whether it's wanting to support something your kids are involved in, learn new skills or build a sense of community, there's many reasons to volunteer. The sport and active recreation sector relies on volunteers, many of whom play a key role in the successful running of clubs. They often include coaches, officials, team managers, administrators and board members. 

The Office of Sport’s #Good2GiveBack initiative aims to provide an insight into why volunteers do what they do while also providing examples of how sports clubs approach recruitment and retention. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program is another fantastic opportunity for volunteering and can be delivered by any organisation that works directly with young people. As the world’s leading youth program, it enables young people aged 14-24 to become empowered and realise their full potential. Those who participate in the program build lifelong skills through voluntary service and community work. Thousands of Award Leaders also volunteer their time to assess activities and support the youth of tomorrow. 

The Office of Sport operates the program in NSW and many Sport and Recreation Centres play host to activities, providing a great setting to learn valuable life skills.

To learn more about National Volunteer Week from 20-26 May 2019 click here.