Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Sport Development Units & Glyndwr University have joined forces to launch the Supporting Volunteers Kite Mark to recognise community sports organisations that are committed to supporting and developing their volunteers.
The Supporting Volunteers Kite Mark has
been developed by the Sport Wales Regional Coach and Volunteer Development Team
to promote good practice in the recruitment, training, deployment and retention
of coaches and volunteers.
Signing-up to working towards the Kite Mark,
will have a number of benefits for community clubs and sport organisations
including free Sport Coach UK training, wider access to and support in
recruiting and developing volunteers and advice and guidance from the local
authority Sport Development Team.
The Kite Mark has been designed to be
accessible to all sporting organisations, bearing no cost implications for a
club. It will offer a chance for some clubs to gain recognition for the work
which they already do while for other clubs it will be a chance to develop
volunteer support structures by working towards achieving the mark.
Speaking about the launch of the Supporting Volunteers Kite Mark, Sport
Flintshire Coach and Volunteer Coordinator Gareth Hayes said:
are the life blood of community sport and the launch of this Kite Mark signifies
Sport Wales and the local authorities’ commitment to supporting community sport
organisations in providing a positive and worthwhile volunteer experience that
will contribute to a lifelong involvement as a sports volunteer.”
Wales North Wales Regional Manager, Graham Williams added:
Volunteers Kite Mark is the first of its kind in Wales and I am sure will
provide huge benefits to local sports clubs and their volunteers across
Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire.
“Volunteers are key to ensuring
that every child in Wales has the opportunity to become hooked on sport for
life. It is therefore encouraging to see partners coming together in this way
to launch a scheme that will benefit those wanting to volunteer within their
local community. We hope that this launch will inspire others to adopt a
similar approach across the country.”
For further information regarding
the Supporting your Coaches Kite Mark, please contact your local Coach and
Volunteer Coordinator. Please find details below:
Flintshire - Gareth
Denbighshire - Matthew Hilliker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrexham - Thomas Robertson: email@example.com
For more information please contact Claire Nicholson at Sport Wales on 02920