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Volunteer Awards

We coach over 300 juniors each week so it is essential that we have a large pool of regular volunteers prepared to give up their time to coach or assist at the sessions. Without the support of these volunteers the junior section would cease to exist, so it is important that we recognise and reward individuals who give their time to the club. So back in Spring 2010 we decided to give a Junior Ilkley Harrier ' Volunteer Award' where the recipient is given £15 worth of vouchers from Dobson & Robinson and a place on our website volunteer 'Roll of Honour'. Up to 12 awards are presented each year at the junior presentation evening. Although there are no great financial rewards given to our volunteers we hope that the recognition that they receive within JIH goes some way to say thankyou for all the time and commitment given to the juniors.

Junior Leaders

In addition we value the input of our older juniors who have gone through the JIH system themselves and are familiar with the activities that the club does and the format of the coaching sessions run. At the end of 2010 we decided to give all our junior helpers the opportunity to gain 'real' qualifications that would not only be useful on a CV but also provide the general leadership skills for everyday life.

Year 9's can start helping at sessions and must commit to a whole term of volunteering. This can be as a part of their voluntary element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or just because they would like to help. Those who help in Year 9 will have the first opportunity for places on the Leadership programme.


Junior Leadership Awards

Juniors start volunteering in the September when they are Year 10.

The leadership course includes 12 months of regular weekly volunteering and over that period we expect the very minimum of 20 sessions attended or the 12 month period will be extended.

Every junior leader attends a First Aid course and an England Athletics 'Leading Athletics' course.

Every junior leader must help at a minimum of 2 events/races that we organise.

We fully fund the junior leaders programme and once qualified we hope that some will continue to volunteer with us. In return we give qualified junior leaders who continue to volunteer 50% reduction in their own session fees as well as support further development and act as referees for job or university applications.

The leadership programme (2018/19 schedule)

Volunteering started September 2018
*Wednesday 5th September: Assist in the organisation of the Sprint Fell Relays, Ilkley Moor
January or April 2019: First Aid course led by Janet Wilson (Clarke Foley Centre, 6.30pm to 9.30)
February 2019: England Athletics 'Leading Athletics' course (UAK, 1pm - 4pm)
*Sunday 3rd March: Assist in the organisation of the junior fell races, Ilkley Moor (morning)
*Saturday 16th March: Assist in the organisation of the Primary School XC league relays, Nell Bank (morning)
*June: Assist in the organisation of the Ilkley junior Trail races, Ilkley Lido
Course complete July 2019
March 2020: Presentation of certificates at the JIH annual awards evening

* 2 minimum