Volunteers

Introduction
Badminton in Northumberland and around the country exists in the format it does mainly due to a huge amount of volunteer time contributed to the sport. Whatever your skill set and no matter how much time you can offer, we are on the look out for people of all age and experience to get involved and become Northumberland Badminton / Badminton England volunteers to help grow the game. The County/Country is never in a position of having too many badminton volunteers.

If you would like to help out in any way either with one small task or take on a significant role then please contact a member of the Management Committee.

Examples of areas where you could get involved are:

Management Committee Roles
Tournament Organisation/Help/ Become a Tournament Referee
Umpires/Line Judges/Young Officials
Coaching
Junior Team Management
Fundraising
Publicity
Club Committees

Please see further information about these under the relevant headings:

Grants and subsidies are often available to subsidise the payment for courses often in return for some volunteer hours. If you are interested in taking a formal qualification please speak to the NBA Treasurer (Julie Brown), for further details of any current funding available.

 

Management Committee Roles
Many members of the management committee have been in their position for a significant number of years if anyone is willing to help out or would like to take over a role then we would be happy to hear from you.

 

Tournament Organisers/Helpers/Referees
NBA runs a significant number of junior and senior tournaments throughout the year. These involve a significant contribution of time from individuals ensuring tournaments are set up and run smoothly. Jobs can include recording match scores, handing out and collecting in shuttles, finding players to go on court, chasing unpaid debts, ensuring the referee is fed and watered etc.

When there is a large event on or county matches we like to provide a catering service, anyone who is willing to help out in the kitchen is appreciated.

For anyone interested in running a tournament help it is also possible to progress through the tournament referees pathway.

https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/play/give-your-sport-a-helping-hand/officiating-in-badminton/tournamentmatch-referees/referees-pathway/

 

Umpires/Line Judges/Young Officials
Becoming an umpire or line judge is a way to put something back into the game once you have finished playing or if you have never played you can still learn the rules and become an official.
There are opportunities to officiate on a local level within the County, but if you enjoy it and have time you can also take qualifications to move up to national/ international level and travel around the country/ world umpiring and line judging at tournaments and matches.
There is also the Young Officials Award aimed at Young People aged 14-19 who would like to become involved in officiating.

Both the Badminton umpires Association and the badminton line judges Association have their own very informative websites which explain how you can gain qualifications.
http://www.buaofe.org.uk
http://www.bljaofe.org.uk

 

Coaching
The County needs coaches to run courses for players of all standards from beginners through to Performance players, from primary school to over 50s sessions all over the County of Northumberland. Badminton England run a series of courses over the year to qualify as Level 1, level 2 and Level 3 coaches. Information about coach eductaion and training can be found on the Badminton England Website at

https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/coach

 

Junior Team Management
Juniors have several matches over the year. We are always looking for willing parents to travel away to team events, or manage teams for home matches.If you are willing to help out please contact Richard Taylor our junior county co-ordinator.

 

Fundraising
Northumberland County is a non-profit making organisation as are most of the clubs in the area. We are always looking for volunteers to organise bag-packs, organise raffles at tournaments or even trying to find sponsorship for our teams. If you are willing to help out in organising any fundraising activities please contact Richard Taylor our junior county co-ordinator or Julie Brown County Treasurer.

 

Publicity
In order to grow the profile of badminton in the County we look to get as much publicity as possible. We receive fairly significant coverage in the grassroots section of the evening chronicle on tournaments and events that have happened. However we do need people to write up the events. We also need help in publicising upcoming activities and raising awareness of what’s on in Northumberland relating to badminton. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out.

 

Club Committees
Many people seem to be under the impression that clubs magically run themselves. However much dedication often lies on the shoulders of a minority of people in the club to ensure that halls are booked, nets and shuttles are available, fees are collected, affiliations are paid, matches are sorted etc. Most clubs would welcome anyone who wants to take ownership of a task within a club. In general each club needs at a minimum a secretary, treasurer, match secretary (sometimes this is all the same person). If you would like to take on some responsibility within your club please speak to a member of your club committee.

Volunteer Recognition
Each year Northumberland Badminton Association presents volunteer awards. These awards which have been sponsored by Yehlex since their inauguration in 2009 have been awarded to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to Northumberland Badminton activities. The list of previous winners of the awards are:

2018Christine WalkerAlison Aldred
2017Bojidar GoranovVince BuriniDave Nelson
2016Jess Wright
Beth Grundy
Karen Davison
David MurrayBewicke BC
2015Marilyn McCluskieIan McCluskie
2014Dave MaxtedSteve Porter
2013Steve PorterJune DinaAlison Thompson
2012Muriel BurgessPaul DeebleBill Dougal
2011Val CommonMargaret PerryKay Smith
2010Ray MartinAndy McGillFoong Tham
2009Ray CraigDavid DoddsColvin Fawcett

There is significant volunteer activity going on throughout the county in order to keep badminton active. We are always pleased to receive nominations for these awards.If you know of anyone you think should receive an award please contact Norma Waterfield the Secretary of the Association

English Badminton Award

The English Badminton Award was instituted in 1993 for long standing exceptional service to badminton in England. Recipients of this award from Northumberland Badminton are as follows:

2017/18Dennis GrayJulie BrownMike Waterfield
2009/10Steve AbbottWalter Arkley
2006/07Ian FergusonNorma Waterfield
2005/06Bob PearsonJulie Brown

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