Volunteer with Active Schools
Active Schools Aberdeen facilitates a range of planned activities in both school and community settings to help encourage children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity. A huge part of our workforce who help us to achieve this are volunteers and we are always looking for new volunteers to support these activities.
Our volunteer opportunities are wide ranging, from delivering extracurricular sports sessions and helping to coordinate events, to supervising activities, supporting a lead coach or helping to take the registers.
We offer training and development opportunities and look to support volunteers as part of our coaching team. Most importantly, you will be part of a team that plays an important role in improving the health and confidence of Aberdeen’s children and young people. If you are as passionate as we are about getting young people in Aberdeen active, then there is a role for you!
To find out how you could benefit from volunteering for the Active Schools programme please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are holding a number of Volunteer Reinduction Training sessions to get our volunteers ready for a return to extracurricular activities. This training will take place online. More dates will be available soon.
Our online Volunteer Reinduction Training is for all Aberdeen City Active Schools volunteers who would like to start getting prepared for a return to delivering and supporting extracurricular sports activities.
We have scheduled a number of different times of the day during the week and hope to be able to accommodate all volunteers with these times. Each training session will be delivered by two Active Schools Coordinators and will last no more than an hour.
- Return to Sport and Physical Activity
- Sport Aberdeen’s COVID-19 Return To Work guidance
- Active Schools new ways of working
- An opportunity to ask questions and feedback
The training will take place on Microsoft Teams – when you sign up, you will then be sent an email before the training with a link to Microsoft Teams with details of how to log in to the meeting – this can be done from your web browser and doesn’t require the downloading of any apps.
Places will be limited at each session, and booking will close at 23:30 the night before the session is due to take place.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming training sessions.
If you have any questions about these training sessions or can’t find a day/time that you can make please contact John Dixon on JoDixon@sportaberdeen.co.uk
We have a range of different volunteers across the city and are always keen to welcome new volunteers into our team.
Most volunteers offer to help lead activities or support the main session deliverer, however, volunteers can also help to staff events and festivals; support us with our admin; referee and officiate at our festivals and matches.
Parents and guardians are a valuable part of our volunteer team. Often parents volunteer to support activities that their children are involved with and sometimes end up staying on with sessions because they enjoy it so much. Some even keep volunteering long after their children have left school!
Parents and guardians can volunteer by delivering sport and physical activity sessions; supporting a sports coach by being a second adult in the session; taking registers; helping with the admin.
Teachers and school staff are well placed to deliver and support extracurricular activities either before, during or after school. Teachers may find that they have a slot one lunch break or after school where they would be able to deliver or support an activity.
We offer regular CPD and workshops for staff looking for support with ideas and resources.
Young Leaders/School Pupils
We can support academy age pupils to be volunteers in our activities in a number of different ways:
- Some pupils simply enjoy working with children or have a passion for a particular sport.
- Some pupils are looking for fun ways to help complete their volunteering section for Duke of Edinburgh or Saltire Awards.
- Some pupils are looking for opportunities to gain experience as sports coaches and sign up to one of our Sports Leadership programmes to help them become better and more confident leaders
- Some pupils will help promote sport and physical activity in their school by joining Young Ambassadors or Active Girls Committee.
Pupils will work alongside an older deliverer at the sessions. There are opportunities for pupils to return to their old primary school to support activities there, or at their current secondary school for pupils in younger year groups. More experienced pupils have sometimes progressed from volunteers to paid coaches and holiday camp leaders.
We acknowledge that a number of highly enthusiastic and experienced student sportspeople come to Aberdeen to study at one of the universities or college. Students often have gaps in their timetables that allow them to deliver lunchtime or before school sessions where other volunteers may not be available.
Active Schools have formed links with a number of university clubs in the past from shinty to cheerleading, which has seen a number of student coaches come into schools to deliver activities and sports that they are passionate about.
Students have a great opportunity to capture the attention and enthusiasm of youngsters! Some students have enjoyed volunteering so much that they have taken on paid roles in our coaching programmes and holiday camps.
Club Sport and Community
You may be part of a local community sports club and want to help more children and young people access your sport. Active Schools have formed links with a number of ClubSport Aberdeen Level 2 clubs across the city – volunteers from these clubs then support school activities and help to create an excellent pathway into the community club environment.
You may be a volunteer in the community who just wants to help out and support local activities for children and young people. We try and find a place for all volunteers who are willing to give up their time!
At the start of your volunteer journey with us, there will be some paperwork to fill out and some online training modules to complete. These are mandatory before anyone can start volunteering with Active Schools, as they form part of our Sport Aberdeen insurance requirements. A summary of these can be seen below.
- PVD Disclosure Check
- Induction and Personal Information Form
- Child Protection Training
- COVID Volunteer Induction
- Ready to Start Volunteering
Not all of these steps may be required for some volunteer types. This would be explained in discussion with your Active Schools Coordinator.
Our volunteers play an integral role in getting more kids more active more often. But don’t take our word for it, hear it from them;
- Joanna Bell
- Kyle Hewitt