OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE
Bodington junior parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 2km run exclusively for juniors aged 4-14 years. It takes place every Sunday morning at 9am at the Bodington Cycle Circuit (Brownlee Centre). Every junior parkrun is made possible by a team of volunteers who perform different roles week to week. You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners’ barcodes with a simple barcode reader. Volunteering at junior parkrun is fun & rewarding and you’ll be helping children and families in North Leeds to lead more active and fulfilling lives. This is a flexible opportunity and you can volunteer as and when it suits you!
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
junior parkrun volunteers conduct a variety of simple roles including the following:
- Time keeping – time keepers look after the stopwatch and clock those all-important PB’s!
- Finish Tokens – These volunteers hand out tokens with positions on them as parkrunners cross the line.
- Barcode scanning – Each parkrunner has a barcode to identify who they are and a token showing their finishing position. Our barcode scanners log both of these to give each participant a time and a finishing position!
- Marshals – Marshals guide parkrunners around the course advising them of any safety hazards and encouraging them along the way.
- Tail Walker – The tail walker will always be the last person to finish at junior parkrun. They walk at the back of the pack to ensure every parkrunner/jogger/walker is accounted for.
- And there are many more roles available… Visit the parkrun website for more information about the variety of roles available.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
None of the junior parkrun roles require any special knowledge or experience, just enthusiasm & energy! You can request a particular role or you can just do what is needed on the day – volunteers will never be asked to do anything outside of their level of experience or comfort zone. Most of all, participating & volunteering at junior parkrun should be fun, so relax and enjoy yourself!
Communication, Team Working, Leadership, Flexibility, Planning & Organisation, Independent working, Event management.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
You’ll receive on the job training on the morning of the event so you will probably be asked to arrive a little before the 9am kick-off to ensure you know what you are doing. Each event will have a Run Director who will be your point of contact on the day – they will be able to answer any questions you may have and will ensure the event runs smoothly.
REWARD & RECOGNITION
The volunteers really are the stars of the show at junior parkrun:
- You’ll get a round of applause and thank-you’s and high-fives aplenty at every junior parkrun event
- Your name will appear in lights every week in the ‘This Weeks Heroes’ section of the Bodington junior parkrun website
- Each time you volunteer this will be logged on your parkrun profile and registered volunteers who attend 25 parkrun or junior parkrun events receive a free t-shirt!
You can volunteer at junior parkrun as regularly or irregularly as you’d like – there is no minimum event commitment. Ideally, you will be able to commit 30-60 minutes of your time each time you volunteer at junior parkrun depending on your role and the number of park runners at the event that day. You can see the future roster for the next 6 weeks of Bodington junior parkrun.
- Volunteering at Bodington Junior parkrun couldn’t be simpler! Check out the future roster, chose your dates and a role and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also opt-in to receiving regular emails about volunteering opportunities at Bodington junior parkrun and other events via your email preferences if you have a parkrun profile.