Volunteer roles

With around 150 to 200 volunteer spaces, there are endless opportunities for you to gain experience, learn new skills and make a difference at the School Games National Finals. Check out the list below to see how you could get involved.

Ten National Governing Bodies of Sport are involved in the planning and running of their competitions at this event. Of the ten sports, three of them, Athletics, Cycling & Triathlon, incorporate disability events, and two of them, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis are Paralympic only sports. The remainder of the sports are, BMX Hockey, Modern Pentathlon (Laser Run), Netball and Women`s Cricket.

Around 1,200 of the nation`s finest young sports stars will participate in this event. 

This will be 4th time that the School Games has been held on the University Campus, the previous Games were in held in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and we are thrilled to be back again.

Pre-Event volunteer

Before the athletes and  team staff arrive at the National Finals we need to transform the campus into a multi-sport games venue. As you can imagine this involves a lot of hard work and a wide variety of tasks that you could be asked to help with including those below.

  • Supporting the accreditation team with printing and sorting passes
  • Packing athletes kit
  • Delivering kit to the Athletes` village
  • Supporting the volunteer team with kit distribution and volunteer orientation

This role would suit anyone looking for a hands on, behind-the-scenes role at School Games.

Campus Volunteer (Games Services Team)

The Campus team help support all areas of the event, from supporting Team Managers to helping with transport arrivals and departures. The Games Services hub is key to making sure everyone involved in the event has the most up to date information.

Throughout the event you could be asked to help with:

  • Games kit swap shop for athletes
  • Welcoming athletes and team staff on arrival at the Games
  • Assisting athletes during their down time
  • Assisting with the departures process

This role would suit anyone looking for a varied role across the Games, and that has great customer service, attention to detail and lives the School Games values of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and team work.

Team Attaches

The Team Attaches (for Athletics) provide practical and/or administrative support to a Team Manager as required throughout the Games and is pivotal to ensuring every athlete has a high-quality experience. This role allows you to work closely with the team and offers a real insight into the operations of a multi-sport event. 

As part of this role you can expect to:

  • Make contact with the Team Manager at least two weeks prior to the 2020 School Games. This will allow you to gain more information about how best you can support the team.
  • Meet the sport’s Single Point of Contact (SPC) or Chef de Mission on arrivals day to help with the team’s arrival at the Games
  • Accompany the team as required throughout the event, this could include during training, competition and athlete down time
  • Liaise with Games Services to access Games time information and pass this on to the Team Manager. This could relate to issues such as catering, transport and sport competition.

This role would suit anyone looking for a hands-on, diverse role for the duration of the School Games. You will be a people person, who enjoys finding solutions and working as part of a team.

Please note this role will require you to use your own mobile phone for communication during the School Games, and your contact number will be shared amongst the team, as the Team Manager sees appropriate.

Venue Volunteer

The Venue Volunteers will help to ensure the smooth running of the event for athletes, officials and workforce. 

Throughout the event you could be asked to help with:

  • Set up and de-rig of the venue, making sure it is ready for the start of competition each day
  • Supporting the Back of House (BOH) areas with making sure equipment and facilities are set up such as Volunteer Rooms and Officials Rooms
  • Supporting the Front of House (FOH) areas with assisting around the venue, manning the Information/Welcome Desk

This role would suit anyone who is welcoming and personable, enjoys working as part of a team and is adaptable.