Without volunteers there would not be any sport played in the local region.
From rugby league, soccer, cricket, Australian football, swimming, baseball, hockey and more, local sport depends on volunteers.
Volunteering rates ebb and flow and according to many club officials it’s the core group of volunteers that keeps a club going.
Junior rugby league club the Bomaderry Swamp Rats’ volunteer base for this season is one of the best in the club’s history, according to the club’s secretary/registrar Lisa McConville.
Given the numbers of volunteers needed to run a club, the Swamp Rats are happy they got so much help.
“We have had coaches, league safe runners, first aid people and managers put their hand up to help on the field,” Mrs McConville said.
“We have a dedicated committee which gives a flow-on effect to the off-field duties like setting up the fields and packing the equipment away, canteen helpers and barbecue helpers.
“There are a lot of adults not only dedicated to their own children but to helping other kids and putting a smile on their faces.”
Mrs McConville said the club had a great atmosphere because of the high number of volunteers.
Her husband Steve is club president. The couple became involved five years ago.
“It’s rewarding to do something for someone else,” she said.
She enjoys watching the children get the chance to play and enjoy the game.