Volunteer Your Professional Skills

Become a Volunteer Consultant

Have a passion to shape your community or assist young people?  

Got skills to help a local organisation change the world? 

Want to gain extra experience that will benefit your career development?

Sported is recruiting volunteers with professional or real-life experience. 

We’ll connect you with a grassroots organisation that will value your knowledge. 

You bring insight and enthusiasm. 

We’ll offer support and guidance – so you can transform lives. 

Voluntary Work, Real Outcomes

Our incredible team of Volunteer Consultants inject a wide range of professional skills and lived experience that provides invaluable support to community organisations using sport and physical activity to change the lives of young people.

You might bring knowledge of strategy and project development, human resources, marketing or financial planning from your day-to-day career to support long-term sustainability and growth of a local group that is shaping the lives of young people.

Or you can lend your personal experience in fundraising, mentoring or creating inclusion to support leaders, trustees or changemakers within a grassroots club or group – or for Sported.

Knowledge of sport is optional. Enthusiasm is essential.

And whatever your skillset, Sported will put it to use among the 3,000 incredible groups we assist across the UK.

There are a number of ways to provide support. With flexible time commitments, and opportunities to volunteer remotely, it’s even easier to get started supporting members across the UK. You’ll have the guidance of regional or national Sported staff teams, and support is available whenever you need it.

  • Short-term placements – Focused on one topic area or specific challenge. Placements usually last about 10 sessions (maximum of 3 months).
  • Long-term placements – Placements span a series of months and encompass multiple topics, or a single complex subject.
  • One-off support – Kickstarts are semi-structured, informal chats to learn more about a group’s strengths and challenges, and recommend a course of action.
  • Leadership coaching – Support group leaders develop their own leadership skills
  • Specific project work – Focused projects with specific timeframes and themes
  • Facilitating/delivering webinars – Inform and train members, volunteers and Sported staff across a variety of topics
  • Sported support – Help Sported to develop and enhance its own capacity

“Sported makes a genuine difference to local, grassroots groups and values and supports volunteers.

I am genuinely proud to be associated, and HIGHLY recommend it both as a voluntary opportunity and as a service.”


What skills do we need?

We ask that you have at least 2 years of professional experiences – or lived experience – in one of the following areas:

Business & Strategic Planning

Facilities Management & Asset Transfer

Financial Management

Fundraising & Income Generation



Leadership Coaching & Mentoring

Marketing & Communications

Evaluation & Impact Measurement

Environmental Sustainability

Sports Development

Volunteer & Staff Management


Project Management

Other skills or lived experience are welcome. Using the form below, tell us about what you can offer and how it could be utilised to support community groups – or the Sported team.


Amira Graham

Why did you become a Sported Volunteer Consultant?

I completely appreciate the importance of sport within our community. It is so important for not only our mental and physical health, but also for community cohesion. As someone who works as a solicitor in the charities and social enterprises sector, I felt that I could use my skills in a positive way to help and support sporting groups.

How have you supported Sported members?

I have assisted Sported members by providing governance support and advice on group structures. It is amazing to see Sported members excel!

What do you enjoy about volunteering with Sported and supporting community sports groups?

I always feel so inspired when I meet Sported members. I am in awe of all of the amazing work that Sported members do, and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey. I love meeting new people who all have a common goal in mind.

Support For Them – and For You

Our Volunteer Consultants leave a lasting impact to ensure groups survive so that young people thrive. You will work with the inspirational faces of community organisations and immerse yourself in their challenges.

You will be supported by our regional and national teams and Sported’s central Volunteer Services team and have the opportunity both to share and develop your own skills.

Our Volunteer Consultants claim that making a positive difference to our members is what they enjoy most about being part of Sported.

And we know representation matters – which is why we want our volunteers to reflect the diversity of the community groups we work with. 

We active encourage applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds and other minoritised groups to apply and bring invaluable insight and perspectives.

To apply

  1. Complete the Volunteer Consultant registration form
  2. A member of the team will be in touch to arrange an informal interview
  3. We’ll review your application and your references
  4. You will be invited to attend an induction training session, normally lasting 1-2 hours
  5. We’ll identify a suitable project that matches your skills and interests – and work with you to make it a success 

If you need assistance or have further questions, contact Sported’s Volunteer Services team: volunteer@sported.org.uk


I want to know more.

If you’re not sure or have any questions, get in touch using the form: 

Or email volunteer@sported.org.uk