If your club needs more volunteers an idea could be to host a volunteer welcome night (VWN).
A VWN is an opportunity to try and engage people from your local mountain biking community who may be interested in helping out at clubs and creating more riders but are not sure how or when to get involved or what is expected of them if they want to get involved.
More volunteers will bring more members as people will have a circle of friends to spread the word about your club. Word of mouth is often the most effective marketing tool there is – people follow people!
Things to do before your evening:
On the Evening
After the Evening
Local bike shops tend to be run by dedicated cyclists who have a passion for increasing the number of people riding and improving bikes, this also has an added benefit of helping their business.
Your club should give information on how volunteers can get involved to the owner of the bike shop and they can help you recruit your volunteers for you.
Tutors are in all of the regions in Scotland . They run all the MBLA and GO MTB courses in your local area.
If your club is in contact with them they could be selling the volunteering opportunities at your club whilst they are delivering their courses.
With Active Schools Co-ordinators (ASC) actively recruiting a variety of volunteers to work within schools they may actually have too many volunteers to manage or their volunteers may be interested in also helping out at the club.
It is in the remit of ASC’s job descriptions to be actively setting up links between schools and clubs and volunteers are a key ingredient in making this transition work effectively.
You are likely to find the contact for your local school on your local authorities website.
Many colleges will run mountain biking sessions as part of sport modules. There may be keen students who are interested in expanding their practical skills and developing their CV.
If you are able to offer the incentive of paying for leadership/coaching courses this may be especially appealing to students who are looking to add to their existing qualifications.
Working In Partnership
We recommend reading the Working in Partnership section of this website to give you practical tools and resources to develop effective local partnerships.Back