Volunteerism: the backbone of sport in most countries

As most of you will know, over 80% of local sports clubs in Ireland and abroad are run by volunteers who kindly donate their time to building clubs and teams without any formal training, structure and support. These volunteers, usually the parent of a son or daughter involved in the club, are the backbone of sports in most countries.

These volunteers are typically recruited because they stood around too long and ended up with the job. Over 1.6 million athletes in over 5,000 clubs around Ireland participate regularly in sport at a grassroots level and all supported by over 400,000 volunteers. But they need our help.

That’s why we launched SportsGaff. We’re dedicated to empowering women and girls in sport by connecting grassroots teams and athletes with coaching support and sports services. Our mission is to enable appropriate knowledge sharing and quality coaching experiences that can help inspire females on their sporting journey as a player, coach, administration or official.

Coaches play an integral part in sports and player development and the positive influence a good coach can have on an athletes life, often go beyond the sporting field. We have identified the need for quality coaching exposure across the grassroots level to enhance the learning processes of athletes and teams in their chosen sport. By encouraging inclusion, participation and fun at all stages, we aim to help create better, stronger athletes in all disciplines across the globe.

How it works

SportsGaff coaches can be hired by teams or individual athletes for one-off or regular coaching sessions, camps or clinics. SportsGaff coaches can provide coaching support to all team members, including existing coaches, parents and support staff. All booking requests can be made by emailing us at hello@sportsgaff.com making the whole process simple, intuitive and puts the coach in charge of their time and schedule while always ensuring they are remunerated for their time and experience.

We are constantly building our coaching network so if you are an experienced and qualified coach or involved in a sports club and would like to get involved in the SportsGaff crusade, please register your interest at www.SportsGaff.com