About Us

The Sport and Recreation Alliance works to create a volunteering sector that is growing, representative, and accessible, drawing on the widest range of skills and experience from society and one that understands the importance of investing in volunteers and volunteer management.

We focus on putting volunteers into community sport through campaigns, on the ground work and by matching people to volunteering opportunities at grassroots clubs in their area.

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Supporting clubs and groups with recruiting and retaining volunteers.

  • GIVERS workshops – Attend practical training on how to recruit and retain volunteers, backed by our ground-breaking GIVERS research.
  • Alliance newsletter – Sign up to our bi-weekly newsletter and stay informed with the latest sport news and information on where to get the support you need. This will include useful resources and tips for recruiting and retaining volunteers.
  • Volunteer Finder - Our one-stop shop for recruiting your sport and recreation volunteers. You can create a profile for your club, identify what type of volunteers you're looking for and need, and have instant access to thousands of volunteers searching for their next opportunity. 
  • #BigThankYou Campaign – Join in the UK’s largest celebration of sport and recreation volunteers and show your volunteers just how much they mean to you. The #BigThankYou campaign is led by BBC Get Inspired and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Matching people with volunteering opportunities in their local communities.

  • Volunteer Opportunity Finder – Our free platform helps volunteers find the perfect role for them. Volunteers are able to create a profile, which can list their interests and skills – making it easier for clubs to find them.
  • Volunteer newsletter – Sign up to our monthly newsletter and receive the latest volunteering news and information from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It provides great ways to Join In* at local clubs near you and highlights exclusive national volunteering opportunities.

Where it all began

Join In* was created to put volunteers into grassroots sport after the success of the Games Makers delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These 70,000 volunteers really helped create a renewed sense of pride in one’s community and helped to grow a generation wanting to get involved in sport.

The Join In Trust passed the baton to the Sport and Recreation Alliance in October 2016. The Alliance has been working in partnership with like-minded organisations to continue this legacy of putting volunteers into community sport and recreation.