Volunteering – What can it mean for you?

posted on 28 January 2011

Wakefield Wildcats strongly believe in work experience for young people.

At the Wildcats, we provide opportunities for work experience students and volunteers to assist here in our community department.

We try to make these experiences as interesting and fun as possible, with the intention of providing those taking part with an insight into both the hard work in the office and the practical work out on the field, in our local community.

Emma Jane Lisle is studying a BA (Hons) Sports Development degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and comments on her experience of volunteering;

‘As a University student in my final year of study, I have found volunteering beneficial to me. Not only has volunteering helped me to progress as an individual, it has helped me with my academic work. For example, as part of my University studies, I have to conduct a case study of an organisation which is engaging within Community Development. Therefore, as I was already linked to Wakefield Wildcats prior to this module, I was able to use past and present experiences to complete my case study. After volunteering for around two months now, I have gained various experience of working both in the office environment and in the practical setting when assisting in schools within the local community.”

“As I am working alongside Clare Marlow, the Women and Girls Development Officer, I have been set various challenges which have helped me with my development. Recently, I participated in a RFL Coaching for Teachers Course. I found this extremely useful as this has made me more confident, especially when helping to coach sessions within the local schools.’

‘Each week I have engaged within tasks which have been set for me. This has proved useful as I can develop my understanding of rugby league and test my writing skills. I have completed articles for the club website, assisted with paperwork and researched areas such as local clubs who have a girl’s only team. As for the more practical elements, helping to deliver sessions within the local community proved challenging for me at first as I lacked confidence however, with the support of Clare, my confidence has grown and I am now able to help coach aspects of the sessions. Finally, my experience of volunteering has been, and still is, extremely useful to me. Why not give it a try?’

For more information about volunteering opportunities within the Women and Girls section of Wakefield Wildcats then please contact Clare Marlow; claremarlow@wakefieldwildcats.co.uk or for further opportunities within the RFL contact the Wakefield Volunteer Officer, Danny Scott; danny.scott@rfl.uk.com

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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