Volunteers in Glasgow are helping more people get involved in sport, whatever the barriers.
Glasgow Panthers, set up by former soldier and HGV driver Adam Mould after he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, is the country’s first wheelchair rugby league team. The club has brought a new lease of life to Adam who is now a Scotland Internationalist and qualified coach.
“Open to both disabled and able bodied people of both sexes and of all ages, this is one of the most inclusive sports you can get. It really levels the playing field for everyone and is essentially the same game as the able bodied version and just as fast and furious,” said Adam.
Adam relies on a team of volunteers to make sure the club and its 25 members thrive from its base in Carntyne.
“We couldn’t function without our volunteers,” said Adam. “The specialist chairs we need have to be assembled and disassembled after every session. If we are playing away matches all our kit needs to be packed up and transported to the venue and back again. All this would be impossible without the help of our volunteers.”
“Volunteer Glasgow and Glasgow Sport are the organisations that work together to help clubs recruit more volunteers. If clubs in city need more help get registered with them.”
Tam Pincock from Carntyne has been a volunteer with the Panthers since the club started.
“I heard that Adam was looking to set up the club and wanted to find out more. I was looking for something sport related to help with and this has been great for me. You don’t necessarily need to have a background or experience in a sport to make a valid contribution – all you need is enthusiasm,” he said.
The Commonwealth Games is likely to increase interest in sport across the city and according to Glasgow Sport clubs need to be gearing up for an upsurge in demand and this includes bring on on board more volunteers to help.