Volunteering

Become a Volunteer

Athletics offers many opportunities for people with all types of skills and abilities.
Volunteering for the club will mean you will have to give up some of your spare time to assist at the club. If you are able to help us in any of the following ways then we would like to hear from you:

  • Coaching our athletes
  • Track and Field officials
  • Administrative roles
  • General help and support whenever you can

More details of these roles can be found below but for more information please pop in and see us in the club hut on training nights or contact our volunteer coordinators
Sarah – 07500873417/sarnwtn@aol.com
Jane – jcrawf62@hotmail.com

Coaching
Do you feel that you have the ability to motivate, inspire and lead our athletes? If so then coaching could be for you. By working with our existing coaches and attending a UKAthletics coaching course you will be shown how to train our athletes to improve their technique and performance. All you need to have is the enthusiasm and time. Working with our athletes will give you a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction as you see them improve their athletic skills and achieve their personal targets. All of our coaches are volunteers and we are privileged that they are all willing to give up some of their spare time on a regular basis to train and encourage our athletes to improve and bring out the best in their abilities. The club rewards this dedication by paying for their training.

Here at the club, we are constantly on the lookout for individuals who may be interested in becoming a coach and joining our team. Some of our coaches are ex-athletes who want to give back the knowledge they have gained through their own experiences.Others are parents who initially came along to support their own son/daughter, taken an interest and then took the next step to become a coach.
Above all we are a friendly bunch of people who enjoy athletics and who are there to support and praise the athletes and to help them improve.

Track and Field Officials
We are particularly keen to recruit Track and Field Officials. Every athletics meeting, from an inter club league meeting right up to international level, requires Officials. If you would like to get involved “where the action is” then becoming a track and field official could be the answer. No experience is necessary as full support and training will be given to anyone who is interested. Take a look at the list below of the different officials needed to make a meeting run smoothly then just decide which you are interested in or feel best equipped to do. If you need further information the come in and see us in the club hut or contact our volunteer coordinators, details above.

Starter
As the name suggests the person who starts the track races at a given competition.
Marksman
The Marksman’s main role is to organise the Athletes before a start of the race, ensure they are in their correct lanes on the track and get them ready for the starter.
Track Judge
A close race and no photo finish, someone has to decide who came first, second, third etc. Did an athlete run in the wrong lane or push a hurdle over with their hand? These decisions are the job of the track judges.
Time Keeper
All track athletes want to know how long they took to complete their race, at the vast majority of inter club meetings times are taken by a willing group of volunteer timekeepers.
Field Judge
Measure long Jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin, discus, shot, and hammer, decide which attempts are no jumps or throws and organise the athletes. You won’t get bored with this one!

All of the above can give you an interest in athletics and are not difficult when shown how to do them properly. West Suffolk can give you the chance to try most of these first without any commitment, so that you can see if they are “right for you”.