Volunteering in Sport

Step in to sport

Sport relies on 1.5 million volunteer officials, coaches, administrators and managers, and the Youth Sport Trust plays a major role in supporting their development.

Step into Sport focuses on young people aged 14 to 19, giving them opportunities to become involved in sports leadership and volunteering and encouraging them to continue this into later life.

The programme is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the PESSYP (Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People), which is revitalising Physical Education (PE) and school sport across the country.

If you are interested in joining the scheme then please either speak to your PE teacher or your School Sports Coordinator (SSCO).


V is the national programme for any person 14-25 years old who wishes to volunteer in some capacity. This programme is the replacement of Millennium Volunteers; therefore whether or not you have gained any previous volunteering experience, there are a number of opportunities and placements available to you:

  • Short Term: taster/one off session e.g. Lancashire Youth Games
  • Part Time: 1-30 hours of volunteering per week e.g. Regular placement in a sports club
  • Full Time - up to 13 weeks of 30 hours of volunteering per week e.g. Work experience in a local authority

Volunteering can take place at various locations such as local sports club, local sports development team, county sports partnership, local leisure centre, local youth group (with a sports theme) or an after-school club that has a direct link with a local sports club.

For more information see the V-Inspired website.