Can you help? Volunteers needed to become Sporting champions

April 18, 20180

Volunteers in Hertsmere have the chance to make a real difference to their community by becoming a Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity (YOPA) Champion.

The Herts Sports Partnership needs to find 200 volunteers to help support sport and physical activity across the county, with training taking place at workshops in Borehamwood in May and June so that Hertsmere residents can play their part.

Without support, some community clubs and voluntary groups could be forced to close, so volunteers play a vital role in enabling these organisations to continue helping others to participate in sport or other forms of exercise.

The free, three hour accredited workshops will help train the Champions and equip them with the skills necessary to volunteer in sport and physical activity.

Following the sessions, the Champions will be connected to volunteering opportunities at community clubs, events and within projects across the county.

The YOPA Champions scheme aims to be straightforward, positive and convenient, with a team of skilled and inspiring people from all backgrounds providing training on key skills such as behaviour management, organisation, communication skills, leadership, safeguarding and first aid.

Volunteers will also have opportunities to gain further accreditation, training and qualifications with improved career opportunities and confidence.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “By volunteering to become a YOPA Champion, you will be helping to change lives for the better and helping to sustain a range of activities in Hertsmere or perhaps further afield across the county.

“Full training will be given and the workshops are free, so why not volunteer to become a Champion? You will really be helping to make a difference and gaining new life skills and experiences along the way.”

The workshops will be held at the Civic Offices in Elstree Way, Borehamwood on 3 May between 9am and 12pm, 16 May between 6pm and 9pm and 5 June between 9am and 12pm.

If you are aged 16 and over and want more information on how to get involved, contact Matt Hughes-Short on 01707 281204 or email

Alternatively you can book directly on to one of the courses

For more about Herts YOPA, visit


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