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Rewarding involvement with your local athletics club

Birchfield relies on volunteers across all areas including coaches, officials and general helpers. If you have a few hours to spare please get in touch. Being part of the Club as a volunteer is very rewarding and you can do as much or little as you wish.



All our coaches are volunteers and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some are ex-athletes, some are parents and others are those who have an interest in the sport. Whoever you are Birchfield Harriers will welcome you to their coaching team.

“I became a coach after my daughter joined the Club. I wanted to understand more about her training and was interested in helping out. I have had great support from a number of other coaches in the club and would recommend anyone to give it a go. I get great pleasure in seeing the young athletes I coach improve and they are all a pleasure to work with” Cath Muth, Endurance Coach

Funding support is available to those who wish to become a coach and the coaching pathway and course availability can be found here.


Officials are the lifeblood of the sport and events could not take place without them. We have a team of officials that assist at both our own fixtures and at regional, national and international fixtures. Free courses are available to enable you to qualify as an official.

“I have always loved sport but was never going to a great athlete. By helping out and then becoming a qualified official I have been on a fantastic journey culminating in officiating at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I have met some great people along the way, at all levels of the sport, and would encourage anybody to get involved.” Stuart Paul, Volunteer

General Help

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities at Birchfield for those who do not wish to qualify as a coach or official. We need help in a number of areas, for example taking training fees on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, administration and general help at our events, manning fundraising stalls, writing reports of events as part of our public relations.

If you can use your skills to support and develop the Club, you will find that your contribution is much appreciated. We do not ask you to commit to a set number of hours and many of the roles are on an ad hoc basis.