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TeamKinetic 4th Annual Sports Volunteering Conference 2018

Faculty of Business and Law

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

TeamKinetic 4th Annual Sports Volunteering Conference...

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TeamKinetic 4th Annual Sports Volunteering

Conference 2018

in Partnership with GreaterSport


Wednesday, 12th September 2018 (10am-4pm)

Manchester Metropolitan University (Geoffrey Manton LT7)


What can Sports Volunteering learn from the wider voluntary sector?

This year’s theme ‘What can sports volunteering learn from the wider voluntary sector’ will explore a range of topics with a prestigious line-up of speakers and a number of activities, stalls and interactive workshops.


Aim of the Conference:

There will be a mix of papers, panel discussions and workshops, which will enable academics, policymaker and practitioners to come together to explore best practice and insights in the wider voluntary sector. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to network with sports industry experts and other colleagues from across the health and education sectors.


Guest speakers confirmed to date:

Denise Larrad – BBC Sports Personality 2017 - Unsung Hero Award Winner

Kristen Stephenson – Head of Volunteering, Sport England

Mike Howlett, Volunteer & Citizenship Lead - Sefton Volunteer Centre

Claire Jones, Head of Volunteering - Halton and St Helens Volunteer Centre

Chris Martin – TeamKinetic

Will Watt – Jump Projects

Fiona Liddell  - Volunteering Development Manager – Welsh Council Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Laura Hamilton – Volunteer Management Consultant – Laura Hamilton Consulting

Additional speakers tbc


 Pre-Conference Event – 11th September 2018

In addition to the main conference, TeamKinetic will also be offering their customers a free event on pre-conference event on 11th September. The customer exclusive event provides the perfect opportunity to discuss TeamKinetic's future software development and to attend special workshops masterclasses.

For more details, please contact Chris Martin at TeamKinetic:


Conference Organisers:

TeamKinetic has a vested interest in the development of volunteering and volunteer management. With over ten years leading the market with a volunteer-centric management system, TeamKinetic uses innovative design, research and industry feedback to develop its software.

Manchester Metropolitan University's Faculty of Business and Law is one of the UK’s fastest growing providers of sports-based research and teaching expertise.

GreaterSport is a charity passionate about changing the lives through sport and physical activity. As part of a larger County Sport Partnership Network, Greater Sport is supported by Sport England and share some key responsibilities.


Conference Programme:


Opening speaker: Denise Larrad - BBC Sports Personality 2017 Unsung Hero award winner

Title: Understanding what motivates volunteers?

Volunteer Denise Larrad has been named the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award winner at the Sports Personality of the Year 2017 ceremony.

A mother of two, 56-year-old Denise Larrad was selected to be a torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay at the 2012 Games. Her employer, Asda, selected her for her outstanding contribution to fundraising work. After being chosen to carry the Torch for the Games, Denise had one sole aim - to get the people of Hinckley, Leicestershire, active.

In this talk, Denise is going to share her experiences and motivators which led to her becoming such an inspirational volunteer, with an emphasis on how you can emulate the same in your own volunteers.

Keynote 1: Kristen Stephenson - Head of Volunteering at Sport England

Title:  Volunteering in an Active Nation: How cross-sector collaboration can unlock the potential of volunteering in sport and physical activity

Kristen has recently joined Sport England as Head of Volunteering and leads on managing the 32 projects across their Volunteering Funds and supporting the delivery of the strategy ‘Volunteering in an Active Nation’. These funded projects are focused on getting young people involved in making a difference through social action, sport and physical activity and creating opportunities to get people from economically disadvantaged areas involved in volunteering.

Kristen’s presentation will look at the important role cross-sector partnerships and collaboration will be to delivering Sport England’s volunteering strategy. She will draw on her experience in volunteering development in the voluntary sector and her current work at Sport England to explore what opportunities there are for volunteer managers in sport to learn from the voluntary sector and provide some interesting examples of how the two sectors are already working together to develop volunteering at a national and local level.



Breakout session

Mike Howlett - Volunteer & Citizenship Lead at Sefton Volunteer Centre

Title: Widening the Net

Mike has been involved with the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector on Merseyside for over 20 years, 11 of those in a paid capacity. His experience of volunteering includes fundraising, service development, training and stints as trustee and chair.

Are you making the most of the resources available to you from outside the Sports Sector? This session will explore how diversifying your volunteering roles and engaging the wider community can help you to develop your organisation, and provide hints and tips regarding organisations and tools that might help.


Breakout session

Claire Jones - Head of Volunteering at Halton and St Helens Volunteer Centre

Title: Supporting and Supervising Volunteers

Claire has a passion for the Voluntary Sector, dedicating her career to supporting organisations and individuals to make a difference to their chosen communities through developing their systems and approaches to their people.  

Involving volunteers can be increasingly more complicated as our roles change and the time we have available shrinks. In such a busy world, it can be difficult to implement effectively. This session will help you explore the benefits of good support and supervision for your volunteers and look at ways you can put it into practice.


Breakout session

Chris Martin – Founding Director at TeamKinetic

Title: The use of rewards and incentives for volunteers

Chris had many years of experience working in the leisure industry, sport and at Manchester City Council before becoming one of the founding directors of TeamKinetic. For the last ten years, he has actively operated within the third sector, helping organisations to evolve their volunteer management.

TeamKinetic has extensive data on how the use of gamification, incentives and rewards can affect your volunteers both in a positive and negative manner.  In this session, we will explore how rewards and incentives can be used to keep your volunteers engaged and motivated.


Breakout session

Will Watt - Director of Product at Jump Projects

Title: The behavioural science of volunteering and how it varies for different groups in society - with a focus on ethnic diversity and low socio economic groups

Will has a diverse resume, with experience working in publishing (Viz), digital publishing (BBC), music (NME) and the Sports Sector.

At Join In, a charity set up to continue the legacy of 2012, Will carried out research into the economic and well-being value of sports volunteering, presenting the findings in a case study for Lord Gus O’Donnell’s ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’.  Will has continued this work and founded Jump. Jump measure the wellbeing impacts of physical activity and volunteering whilst understanding the motivations for more people to do both.

Will was also responsible for the development of the BBC's Sport Personality of the Year #bigthankyou campaign and helped to organise the UK's biggest sports day in 2016.


Breakout session

Chantel Scherer - Director of Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement at Sport & Recreation Alliance

Title: Using behavioural science to recruit and retain volunteers more effectively

Chantel Scherer is a senior communications professional with over 20 years’ experience and is Director of Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement at Sport and she looks after the Join In brand, which was set up after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to capitalise on the power of major sporting events to benefit grassroots clubs.

This session will uncover the latest research on recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers. Chantel will share some of the GIVERS research and how the Sport and Recreation Alliance is supporting the sector to get more grassroots volunteers into sport.

Breakout session

Fiona Liddell - Volunteering Development Manager at Welsh Council Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Fiona Liddell has worked within the volunteering team at WCVA, in several different roles, since 2003.  Currently she is Volunteering Development Manager with responsibilities for the strategic development of volunteering and volunteering services in Wales.

Recent projects include Volunteering Spirit Wales, a two-year project which aims to improve the quality of event volunteering in Wales and the development of online learning modules on volunteer management, to support the Welsh Government Fusion programme.

Fiona set up the Wales Volunteer of the Year Award scheme in 2004. She is author of the WCVA publication Recruiting volunteers – a manual of good practice and has developed and delivered training in volunteer management.


Laura Hamilton - Seven steps to successful volunteer engagement

In a rapidly changing world, how can we ensure that our volunteer programmes stay attractive, relevant and rewarding? 

 This workshop will explore: 

  • The latest trends in volunteering
  • New approaches and perspectives on volunteer engagement
  • Working with volunteers of different ages 
  • How to build great relationships with your volunteers  

Laura is a consultant specialising in volunteer involvement and volunteer management, with over 17 years’ experience in the field. She has worked in both volunteer infrastructure and volunteer involving organisations and is passionate about growing and developing successful volunteer programmes.

Have questions about TeamKinetic 4th Annual Sports Volunteering Conference 2018? Contact Faculty of Business and Law

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Manchester Met University - Geoffrey Manton Building
Rosamond Street West
M15 6EB Manchester
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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