THEY are the people who selflessly give up their time to help score, coach, perform administrative duties and everything in between, but many sport club volunteers aren’t widely recognised for the work they do.
This changed over the weekend with Thank a Volunteer Day, a Department of Sport and Recreation event recognising the effort of volunteers to keep sports clubs running all around WA.
One vital volunteer in the local community is Fremantle PCYC’s Lesley Leonard, who helps co-ordinate the 28 junior basketball teams operating out of the centre, assigning players, coaches and team mangers to teams and making sure the program runs smoothly.
Ms Leonard said she began volunteering with Fremantle PCYC when her sons began playing basketball and that she has loved every minute of it.
“My role as a coach of an Under-10 boys team made me realise that without people stepping up to the plate, we as a very young basketball club wouldn’t survive,” she said.
“I love working with the young kids and their parents, it is so enjoyable to watch the young boys and girls grow within this great sport.
“Something I find fantastic is the young kids within our club have stepped up now to take on coaching roles, umpiring and have an interest in what’s going on in the basketball community.
“Volunteers within any club are so important.”