Thames Valley Harriers is run almost entirely by volunteers. In order to function, TVH is always looking for help from anyone who feels that they may want to get involved in, and contribute towards, any aspect of the running of the club. From administration work, fund raising, organising events, coaching, officiating, managing teams or helping in other ways, volunteers will always be made very welcome whether it is on a regular or an ad hoc basis.
British Athletics have put together an excellent page that lists the kinds of roles that a club such as ours needs people to fulfil:
Whatever your area of skills or expertise there are many ways that you become involved. Ultimately volunteering can be very rewarding – seeing your efforts help the club’s athletes succeed.
If you think you can spare us some of your time, expertise or experience please get in touch.
John Husbands: email email@example.com tel: 07951 927724
Or pop down to Linford Christie Stadium at an event or on our main training nights (Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Thames Valley Harriers is always looking for new people to get involved in helping to coach young athletes. There are many opportunities both to gain experience by helping established coaches and to undertake training courses leading to recognised coaching qualifications.
To find out more about Coaching and Leadership courses please follow this link to the England Athletics coaching pages here.
For those of you who wish to get more involved in Coaching, please contact John Husbands: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team managers play a very important part to the success of TVH, as they are vital to us being able to organise teams for the various league and cup competitions that take place, (Track & Field during the summer, Cross Country during the winter months and Road Running all year round).
If interested in managing a team or assisting a team manager, please contact:
Manuel da Silva: email@example.com 07779 031485
Thames Valley Harriers is always looking for people to help with organising events. This can range from helping taking entries for events on the day; check competitors’ registration details; setting up equipment and record results, including placings and times for races and distances and heights for field events. TVH has well established procedures for organising events and there are always experienced members on hand to explain how things work.
Officiating at Track Meetings
Timekeeping- Track Judging- Starter/Marksman-Field judging
TVH has a pressing shortage of officials. At present we are heavily reliant on a small group of club stalwarts. For each of the league matches (SAL, UKWAL, UKYDL) each club scores points for bringing along officials. It would be a real shame to effectively “lose” points in the future by not been able to bring enough officials. This is an area in which the club is desperate for volunteers, both parents and athletes, who, just by attending a handful of meetings over the course of the year, really do help to “spread the load”. As an example, if you have a son or daughter competing in the UKYDL, officiating at the UKYDL matches is a great way to meet like-minded people from all walks of life and contribute to the team score. Up the Valley!
No prior experience is needed; the club will pay for you to attend an officiating course.
As a side note, officiating is not difficult or scary! The courses will teach you all you need to know, and at each meeting there will always be experienced officials more than willing to help give advice and encouragement.
General Help at Summer Home Meetings
Helping with moving and adjusting hurdles and steeplechase barriers is always greatly appreciated, and enables volunteers to get closer to the action on the day of the event. For any budding commentator out there, we are looking for people brave enough to have control of a megaphone during meetings. Tasks include announcing team scores during stage, announcing race and field results as they come in.
Marshalling at Home Cross Country Fixtures
Thames Valley Harriers has the honour of hosting several cross country matches in the winter. To ensure the success of these fixtures we require marshals. No former experience is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm to direct and cheer on runners around the Scrubs. Remember all the times you’ve run a race and appreciated the direction from the marshals – now it’s your chance to replenish your running karma and return the favour! If you can be there for just one of the day’s races or all of them it will be a great help, and it’s also possible to marshal before or after your own event on race day.
For anyone with culinary skills, we are always in need of volunteers to make up rolls and sandwiches to feed all the officials and hungry runners that come through the door on match days. Also, anyone able to spare time serving hot drinks and food is greatly appreciated, as this brings in money which can be re-invested to improve the club.