Sport Brighton offers a range of ways you can get involved in sport at the university. This includes being part of our volunteer programme. We caught up with Elly who volunteers on our Parklife netball programme. As well as support from Sport Brighton the role also benefits from support by England Netball as part of their wider UNO (University Netball Officer) programme.
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What are your reasons for wanting to volunteer?
I have always enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community. Whilst at University having lots of spare time enables me to commit to it.
Why did the Parklife volunteering program appeal to you?
This year I decided I want to incorporate Netball into my volunteering because I love team sports and love playing sport with my friends. Having played Netball with the Sports Federation Club for 3 years, I know the benefits of being a part of a sports club or society and so wanted to share my experiences and hope that they enjoy netball as much as I do!
Volunteering through the Parklife programme is so flexible and easy to get involved with; the people who help organise Parklike really make your life easy and always contactable. If I have any questions about promoting netball or coming up with charity ideas they are always so willing to help out.
Please describe your role and the responsibilities you have taken on so far?
My role is the Brighton University Netball Officer, a role that is available through Parklife’s link with England Netball.
I support the delivery of the Parklife Netball session which runs every Monday in the Falmer Sports Centre from 5-6.30pm. This is a social and fun session for anyone to come along and take part. In my role I get involved with all the games and help to umpire the matches. I have to track attendance and regularly communicate with England Netball and other University Netball Officers.
From this session I have also coordinated a team called the 'Development Squad' to support their involvement in a local social league which runs on Tuesday evenings. This team is made up of a great bunch of girls who really enjoy netball and want to play more competitively. I organise their matches on Tuesday by picking a squad, organising an umpire, supporting and coaching at their games. The team also have the option of joining up with the University Sports Federation club at their training and fitness sessions too, which gives players a complete pathway from social play through to the University teams.
What have you enjoyed about your role so far?
I have enjoyed meeting new people who love playing netball and want to have fun. Netball is such a fun sport and we have a range of people who have never played before/ sometimes played at school and then girls who compete regularly at a regional level. We have fun netball socials which I get all the girls involved with coming so we can bond and have fun. I also helped promote netball at the Charity doughnuts sale Brighton Netball put on, Parklife girls and Development Squad girls came and helped volunteer and we raised over £150 for the club!
What benefits and support has been provided to you?
I have been provided with a range of support from coaches helping me to run the session, Parklife staff members helping to enter the local league and help me to find umpires and I have had support from extra events I have chosen to organise.
You also get given a t-shirt and access to all Parklife sessions for free if you are interested.
Anything else to say?
I absolutely love netball and if anyone was thinking about coming to a Parklife Netball session I would recommend it!!
17:00 – 18:30
Falmer Sports Centre
Even if you have a lecture that is later, pop to the session whenever you can and see if you enjoy it and make some new friends.
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