About Volunteering for NJIRC and NJIRC NORTH
We all know that Sport and fitness has the power to change people’s lives. Rowing has traditionally been a sport for the few, but LYR aim to change this by running indoor rowing clubs and offering outdoor on the water opportunities to schools in under privileged areas. We also target schools with special educational needs and disability provision. We need volunteers to help offer these kids the chance to attend the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships. This is the largest indoor rowing competition for school aged participants in the world and this is the first ever year we are running NJIRC over two locations: London and Leeds. NJIRC brings all of these kids together in a setting that helps teach them to be great sportsmen and women as well as excellent team-mates. Our volunteers are integral to giving these pupils a day they will never forget.
This is a great role for any volunteers that can only make it for the day before (Thursday evening) and the morning. This is also a great role for anyone fit and strong! You will be helping to set up the event. We will need to move and set up over 60 rowing machines, create holding pens, medal areas and registration desks. We usually provide some snacks so that volunteers can keep up their energy levels!
This is a great role for any volunteers that can only make it for the afternoon and evening of the event. This is also a great role for anyone fit and strong! You will be helping to set down the event. We will need to move and pack down over 60 rowing machines as well as cabling and barriers. We usually provide some snacks so that volunteers can keep up their energy levels!
This is a great role for any volunteers interested in photography/filmography or journalism. This team will be taking pictures, filming content and interviewing teachers and contestants. Photos are a vital part of enjoying the event – creating memories that the competitors and teachers can keep a hold of.
The Race floor is where the magic happens! Here the pupils will be racing in a timed race and/or relaying. We need volunteers to help pupils setup their rowing machines, support the pupils through their race with lots of cheering and help collect back up results. Having some indoor rowing experience is useful for this role but it’s more important to be enthusiastic and supportive.
In the holding pen young athletes will be waiting to get on the racefloor. You will be making sure that each young athlete knows where they are going, which rowing machine they are racing on and helping to keep them calm and happy before their race! Being organized, calm and enthusiastic is important for this role.
At registration you will be the first face that the young athletes and their teachers will come across. You will be signing them into the event as well as being an information point. It is important to be friendly and organized.
SEND Leads and Support
SEND stands for ‘special educational needs and disability’. We are proud to have a large group of pupils who are competing in the SEND category. Classification ranges from autism to downs syndrome to visual impairment to being a wheelchair user. Being the SEND lead or working in SEND support will involve helping SEND athletes and their teachers with their needs. Being friendly, considerate and having good communication is vital. Having had experience with SEND is highly desirable.
This is a great role for volunteers that can only be there for the morning. You will be helping school’s get into the John Charles Centre for Sport and you will be a friendly face for both teachers and young athletes.
If you would like to express a preference for any of these areas of volunteering, please email:
London Matilda Haines firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds Rebecca Clephan email@example.com
Please note that expressing a preference does not guarantee that you will be assigned to that area of volunteering. We welcome a short description of qualifications/ experience that might tell us why or are particularly suited to one of the above roles.