Sport England’s five year strategy, introduced in 2016, entitled ‘Towards an Active Nation’, aims to encourage as many people as possible, from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, to take part in physical activity.
Telford Chin Woo are a fantastic example of bringing Sport England’s strategy to life. This Community Amateur Sports Club are the first club in Shropshire to achieve Clubmark accreditation. Not only do they embrace participants andvolunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, but this year alone, Telford Chin Woo have qualified 4 Coaches, 3 under 19’s and 6 student mentors interested in becoming coaches. Role modelling to their club members and participants, 50% of the club’s volunteers have a mental or physical disability.The team actively encourages their volunteers to progress and grow, commenting that “volunteering grows from volunteering to careering.”
Head coach and founder, Lisa Smith, believes that volunteers and coaches help to provide a positive learning environment for students and a healthy active lifestyle to the community. The clubs target groups are wide and varied, aiming to include those with disabilities, teenages, females and BME groups to name a few. Volunteers are expected to complete 2 month's of work experience and a formal work trial, before earning themselves volunteer or Self-Employed posts.
Nikki Lane, who was suffering from anxiety and depression, started out as an administrative assistant in a volunteer capacity. She hasn’t let her disability hold her back and now acts as an Assistant coach. She comments, “Without Martial Arts in my life, I would struggle to get through a day” resonating the strong success of the volunteering programme.
Check out the video below to see the impact that Telford Chin Woo are having on their members and volunteers:
Special thanks to Sported for their contribution!