Empowering Impact

Celebrating UoM Sport Volunteers during Student Volunteer Week 2024

Empowering Impact: Celebrating UoM Sport Volunteers during Student Volunteer Week 2024

In the spirit of Student Volunteer Week 2024, UoM Sport is proud to express our heartfelt appreciation for the invaluable contributions of our dedicated student volunteers. Throughout this celebratory week, we not only commend the diverse roles they play but also extend our warmest congratulations to those who have logged the greatest number of hours during the first semester.

These outstanding volunteers are the driving force behind a series of activities, from taking leadership roles in sports clubs to actively engaging in and organising events within local community clubs and organisations. Their exceptional dedication and hard work truly embody the spirit of giving back.

In the realm of university sports, Miara Pipe, the dedicated Sports Sabbatical Officer, echoes the sentiment that forms the backbone of our student sports culture. Emphasising the crucial role played by those behind the scenes, Miara notes:

‘Our student sports clubs could not operate without those who give their time on the club committees. These students go above and beyond in the management of their clubs to make sure club members are looked after and have a great experience.’

Miara Pipe, Sport Sabbatical Officer, UoM Sport

Our Amazing Volunteer Achievements

Community Volunteers

Our community volunteers are involved with a number of organisations across Greater Manchester where they help bring sport to people of all ages. 15 students in these roles have given 86 hours so far this academic year.

Our student logging the most hours of community volunteering this year is Denise Ching Yee Cheah. Denise has been volunteering with the Sports Volunteer Scheme since 2022 and the majority of her volunteering is with Fletcher Moss Rangers Football club, she has also helped with other university based one off event such as the Purple Wave.

Natalie Manoharan has made a big impact with her volunteering this year helping at a range of activities with DoSportUK – making sport accessible and enjoyable for those with disabilities. As her passion is football she is also involved with Manchester Young Community champions coaching girls football sessions.

The Success Stories

The incredible volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the first semester:

– Jessica Doerr: 288 hours

– Natalie Flinn: 286 hours

– Rory Robertson: 238 hours

These outstanding individuals, all integral members of the UoM Tennis Club, highlight an exceptional commitment to making a difference. Not surprisingly, the Tennis Club Committee leads the pack, amassing a whopping 1969 hours of service so far this year.

Other noteworthy club committees include Canoe with 231 hours, Women’s Lacrosse with 181 hours, Women’s Football with 169 hours, and Run Wild with 161 hours.

In total, 143 club committee members have logged an impressive 5300 hours of volunteering this year. Kudos to each one of you for the incredible work! Furthermore, these dedicated volunteers will have their hours count towards their Sport Leader roles, earning them a well-deserved ‘Step Up and Lead’ badge as part of the Stellify Award.

 Volunteer of the Year

This year, we introduce a new award at the UoM Volunteer of the Year ceremony to recognise those selflessly volunteering for the benefit of fellow students – a special shoutout to all our Sport Leaders! If you know someone making a significant impact in this area, please nominate them.

Find out more about this initiative.

Nominations close on 4 March 2024 at 10 am.

Nominate someone exceptional

Let’s celebrate the spirit of volunteering!

‘Fletcher Moss Rangers have had a working relationship with the university for over 10 years. Without the help of all the volunteers from the uni we would not have been able to be as successful as we have been for so many years.

We have had so many fantastic young people work with us, who have gone on to make successful careers, it makes us so very proud.

I hope we can continue our relationship for many years to come. Thanks to everyone concerned.’

Dave Horrocks, Fletcher Moss Rangers Football club

‘Having student volunteers has really enhanced our sessions at DOSportUK CIC. The students who have got involved have been brilliant for the members to talk to, play sports with, and get support from. We love having students with us and it is a great way for students to gain experience and have some fun themselves! Big shout out to Danny, Hongfei, Ruqi, and Natalie for all of their support this season!’

Jacob, Disability Opportunities in Sport (DOSportUK)


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