Team Personal Best
We awarded over £900,000 to England Athletics to deliver the volunteering element of ‘Team Personal Best’ – the inspiration (legacy) programme of London 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The Inspiration programme was designed to get people who were encouraged by London's role as host to get involved in grassroots Athletics and running and to transform the experience of volunteering in the sport post-Championships.
The Team Spirit programme is building an attractive volunteering identity and community which is already making volunteers, both new and existing, feel more positive and proud of their contribution to our sport, no matter the time they're able to give.
The project has developed a national online group of volunteers, whose membership is growing. It will improve the experience of existing volunteers in athletics, and deliver club open days during major events – such as the Birmingham World Indoor Championships in 2018 – to attract new volunteers.
The sporting sector makes the single biggest contribution to total volunteering in England. Volunteers contribute 1.2 billion hours each year to sport – equivalent to 720,000 additional full-time paid workers. The value of the time contributed by sports volunteers in England is estimated at over £14 billion.