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!
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.
- PVG Disclosure Check
- Induction and Personal Information Form
- Child Protection Training
- 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.
You can watch our short video or read about different people who can volunteer with Active Schools.
If you have already begun your journey as an Active Schools Volunteer, please find a range of resources below.
Thank you for expressing your interest in volunteering with Active Schools
Before volunteers can start in schools there are some mandatory training modules which we ask everyone to complete. In the links below you will find our Active Schools Induction videos or you can request a paper copy of our induction booklet.
Active Schools Volunteer Induction
Active Schools is always on the lookout for keen and enthusiastic volunteers, where together we can take pride in getting more children, more active, more often! Our training videos are here to support you to be the best volunteer you can be while ensuring that each session is safe and fun.
The new Active Schools Volunteer Induction training is now live, and available for volunteers looking to deliver and support extracurricular sport and physical activity.
What to expect from our training?
Our online training programme will take volunteers through what they need to know to deliver safe sessions and cover topics such as volunteering opportunities, volunteering programmes and opportunities, first aid, health and safety, child protection, GDPR and further training.
The videos are available on YouTube. Please click on the links below to view individual videos.
The Operations Manager for Active Schools, Grant Wilson, welcomes new volunteers and gives an introduction to the Active Schools program and its aim to get More Children, More Active, More Often in Aberdeen City.
The second video in our volunteer induction touches on some of the benefits of volunteering, what volunteers can expect from Active Schools as well as our volunteering and leadership programmes.
Covering Health and Safety, First Aid, and Child Protection, the Active Schools team will explain how these Policies and Procedures are relevant to your volunteering role.
This video will explain the contents of a standard Active Schools Register Pack, and go through the GDPR guidelines for storing registers for volunteers.
5 – Next Steps
Our final video of the series will take you through what to do once you have watched the series of Volunteer Induction videos. Below you will find links to the resources mentioned in this presentation.
Volunteer Information Form (to be completed at the end of the video)
All of the information given in our volunteer induction can be found in the Active Schools Volunteer Handbook, along with contact details for the team of Active Schools Coordinators.
To download a copy, click on the button below.