Pontypridd Panthers Basketball Club Volunteer Program
Pontypridd Panthers Basketball Club recognises the value and importance of volunteering for young people. For the past two years the club have encouraged their young members to get involved in coaching, refereeing and officiating.
The club recognise that the self-confidence and social skills gained by undertaking volunteer roles within the club are invaluable. Not only do these opportunities provide the young people with a greater understanding of the game that they love, but it provides them with the chance to build leadership skills, take responsibility, be role models for the younger children in the club and help them with building a CV for the future.
Over the past two years we have had the following young people undertaking volunteering in different capacities:
Dylan Richards (age 17) Member of the under 18 and senior development team – 100 MV certificate awarded for coaching and refereeing
Seb Bunyan (age 15) Member of the U16 and senior development team (Wales U16 Team – European Silver Medallist) – 200 hours for coaching and refereeing
Leah James (age 13) U14 mixed and U14 girls Team (Wales U14)
Erica Lloyd – Lewis (age 13) U14 mixed and U14 Girls Team (Wales U14)
Grace Snell (age 13) U14 mixed and U14 Girls Team (Wales U14)
Becky Lewis (age 11) U12 mixed and U14 Girls Team (Wales U12)
All of the above awarded Interlink certificates for coaching the Panther “Cubs” section (this is the mini academy for children between the ages of 4-7 years).
The impact that these young people have within the community and with the young children in the club is significant.
Not only does it impact positively on the young children, when these young people are recognised and rewarded for their efforts it also inspires other young people in the club to start volunteering. We now have further 3 young people start to undertake coaching and officiating.
We are very proud of these young people and we will continue the program within the club and further build a culture of volunteering which will inspire and motivate children and young people to play basketball and “become better players and better people”