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Say a #BigThankYou to grassroots sports volunteers

Posted: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:11

Say a #BigThankYou to grassroots sports volunteers

The #BigThankYou campaign is back for 2017, helping to celebrate volunteers from across sport and physical activity in the United Kingdom. The campaign is led by Join In (a part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and BBC Get Inspired.

Every day, individuals are contributing to their local communities, whether it's coaches, board trustees, designers, officials or mentors. #BigThankYou is calling for every grassroots club and group to show just how much these local heroes are valued.

Anne Usher MBE, Paralympic Champion (in paracanoeing) commented on the campaign, saying: "Volunteers make a massive difference to sports clubs up and down the country, without them sport simply wouldn't happen.

"I will never forget the fact that it was a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers at my club who transformed me from paracanoe novice to Paralympic gold medallist."

The #BigThankYou will culminate on Sunday 17 December during the Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Liverpool. There will be 15 regional winners with one crowned the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero of the Year 2017.

Our sporting stars will also get their chance to say a #BigThankYou. BBC Get Inspired and Join In have been collecting 'selfies' from hardworking and devoted volunteers from around the country. These volunteer headshots are being entered into a selfie-gallery and as sports stars walk down the red carpet they will be asked to stop and take a selfie with the volunteer's image.

How can you get involved?

Between now and 17 December, grassroots sports clubs and organisations across the country are encouraged to download the #BigThankYou toolkits at www.joininuk.org and begin thanking their outstanding volunteers. The toolkit includes a variety of resources to celebrate and share volunteer appreciation on social media through photos, events, stories and other creative and fun ways using the hashtag #BigThankYou.

For more information, details and ideas on how to get involved in the #BigThankYou visit joininuk.org

Tags: Sport system, clubs, volunteering