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Volunteers, Insurance & Benefits


Insurance is extremely important for all sports clubs. This doesn’t just refer to insurance for individual coaches. The club must be insured adequately to cover the activities it delivers.

  • Check with your national governing body to find out if they provide insurance for clubs. If they do, you will probably need to affiliate to them to benefit
  • Insurance can also be taken out with a private insurance company
  • You will need to consider cover for:
    • public liability
    • professional indemnity
    • personal accident
    • sports equipment
    • soft tissue insurance
    • private medical
    • motor insurance
  • Always seek professional guidance

Volunteers and Insurance

  • Your insurance company is likely to need details of your volunteer roles. Volunteers will need to work within the boundaries of these roles to remain covered (your national governing body or insurance broker will be able to help you with defining roles)
  • You should make volunteers aware of the insurance in place – what it covers and any restrictions
  • Volunteer drivers will need appropriate car insurance if they use their own cars – you need to see copies of up to date driving licences and insurance cover. Explain the policy to them, particularly if the volunteer is paid expenses
  • Check that you have the right insurance cover in place if volunteers are driving vehicles owned by the club
  • Double check any age restrictions on your insurance cover
  • Make sure you make a note of when to renew your insurance. It is also a good idea to regularly review your insurance needs. Don’t just simply renew your policy as your needs may have changed
  • Having insurance as a coach is paramount, especially in terms of public liability cover for coaching activities in relevant settings.
  • Public liability insurance is often part of a wider National Governing Body coach membership offer that also includes personal accident cover and unlimited access to support resources. Each governing body is different so carefully check what is included and read all policy terms and conditions before undertaking any coaching activities.
  • UK Coaching also provides a multi-sport cover
  • Always, always seek the guidance of a professional


Volunteers and Benefits (NCVO)

If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer.

However, there are some rules that you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive.

This guidance aims to help you start volunteering by giving an overview of what you need to know and providing some answers to some of the questions you may have before you start volunteering.

This doesn’t cover every situation and you may have questions about your individual circumstances. If you're unsure about where you stand in relation to the rules, you can contact your local Volunteer Centre, or you should speak to your job coach or benefits adviser. Your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau may also be able to help.