Volunteer in sport

Volunteers handing water to runners

Volunteering in sport is extremely rewarding, and you don't need to be sporty or have previous experience to take part.

Benefits of volunteering can include:

  • Getting advice and guidance from your volunteer coordinator
  • Mentor and buddy support at your placement
  • Gaining skills and work experience
  • A continuous development pathway to accredited training
  • Improved prospects for further education or employment
  • Time credits

We have a variety of volunteer roles that need filling each year, such as:

  • Sports leaders/coaches
  • Activators and facilitators
  • 'Walk and Run' leaders
  • Administrators
  • Photographers
  • Event volunteers

Cambridge Event Makers

Cambridge City Council's Sport and Recreation Team supports a wide range of major events in the city, including the Big Weekend on Parker's Piece, and events such as the Cambridge Half Marathon.

These events often have volunteer opportunities available in roles such as marshalling, handing out information, and market research. 

If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge Event Maker and offering your time to volunteer at a major City event or for any of the volunteer roles listed above, please email us at sport@cambridge.gov.uk.

Time credits

We are a partner in Spice's time credit network, which is supported by the county council, and CHS Group.

The scheme is simple: if you spend one hour helping your community, you will earn one time credit. Time credits can be exchanged for a variety of things, from exercise classes to cinema and theatre tickets.

"Time credits recognise the valuable contributions people make to their communities, local services and to others and offer access to new and interesting opportunities as a thank you." – Spice

Earning time credits

We offer time credits for all our volunteer opportunities with the Sport and Recreation Team.

Spending Time Credits

See the Spice time credits website for details of where you can spend your credits.

For Cambridge residents, one time credit will also allow you to hire a room at one of our community centres listed below for one off-peak hour (subject to availability).

Please contact any of the centres below for more information or to check availability:

Additionally, time credits let you take your child to a soft-play session at Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre. The sessions, which are for under 4s, run at 9.15, 10.30 and 11.30am every Friday. One time credit allows you to take one child to one session.

A limited number of tickets to certain events are made available for time credit volunteers. The tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis.

Find out more about how time credits work on the Spice time creditswebsite, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Non-council opportunities for sport volunteers

Volunteer opportunities are also available through the County Sports Partnership, Living Sport. Visit the Living Sport website for more information.

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