This month, we’re getting to know our first ever volunteer of the month, Arran Dixon, a little bit better!
Arran is one of our most dedicated volunteers, dedicating his time to our Manchester-based MMU Men’s Football club, coaching at our Platt Lane Sports Complex and, if that’s not enough, he was also part of our dedicated volunteering team at the Global Soccerex Football Convention last month.
We spoke to Arran about what the variety of volunteering activities that he’s involved with and why he would recommend others to get involved.
What volunteering activities have you been involved with over the last month?
“I have been involved in a wide variety of sport volunteering roles during the past two months. As well as being Chairperson and first team Captain of the men’s football club here at MMU, I attended a BUCS Sports Leadership Event at Platt Lane Sports Complex, I dressed up as a horse at the FA Girl’s Football Festival and volunteered at the Global Soccerex Football Convention in early September.
“I am also an active coach at Platt Lane Sports Complex, where I regularly coach children between the ages of six and 16. I also coach at a local primary school once a week.”
What has been your favourite moment about volunteering in sport so far?
“My favourite moment would definitely have to be volunteering at the Soccerex convention! I was able to meet so many famous people there, including Michael Owen, Gaizka Mendieta, Tony Adam, Luis Boa Morte and Louis Saba among many others!
“I was also able to listen to talks about the latest developments in the world of football whilst being sat next to representatives from top clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“All this aside, the best moment by far was when I had my picture taken with Tottenham Hotspur Legend Ossie Ardiles. As an avid Spurs fan it was amazing to meet him in person. My Dad was also very jealous!”
Why should other students consider volunteering in sport?
“I think the main thing to remember is that you don’t have to be actively involved in sport to volunteer and get the numerous benefits from it.
“Personally, through volunteering in sport, I have managed to get myself a part-time paid coaching position with a Manchester-based football performance centre that has links with Arsenal FC, but just the sense of satisfaction and seeing how children’s lives can be vastly improved by dedicating a small amount of time to helping them out is enough.
“I would strongly encourage anyone who has a couple of free hours each week to volunteer in sport – it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do!”
To find out more about our sport volunteering programme and the opportunities involved, please visit our website.