Evolution Sports is committed to developing young people through sport, and have been doing so for over 10 years now in Qatar. Over the last couple of years the club has created a structured volunteer programme that specifically develops leadership skills amongst young people aged between 13 to 19 years old. The success of this programme has supported over 100 young people to improve key skills and qualities such as; confidence, self-worth, communication, organisation, time-management all through sports coaching.
This season on any given day there can be up to 9 volunteers working with the Evo coaches across the many different sports provided at the club, and at present there are over 50 young leaders actively engaged with the programme on a weekly basis.
A prime example of the attitude that is required and how a volunteer can flourish under the support of Evo’s coach mentors, is embodied by the talented Doha British School 6th Form student Ragini Gupta. Ragini has now been listed as an assistant coach by Evolution Swimming Director John Evans, following her development under her coach mentor and Head of Evolution Swimming’s Al Waab Center Leah James.
John Evans, Evolution Swimming Director gave his views on Ragini and said:
“Ragini has been fantastic in her approach to her volunteering at Evo. Each day, she brings an energy and enthusiasm that motivates her swimmers. We are very fortunate to have Ragini volunteer with us and hope that she is able to continue for a long time yet.”
Leah James, Evolution Swimming Head of Al Waab Centre also commented on Ragini by saying:
“Since her first volunteer session, Ragini’s enthusiasm to help our swimmers progress has shone through. She is always keen to further develop her knowledge on the sport and has learnt some excellent teaching techniques to share her wisdom with her swimmers. Ragini is a fantastic volunteer and it has been a pleasure to watch her progress into an assistant coach. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
Ragini was asked a couple of questions to give us an insight to see what it’s like being a volunteer at Evo:
Q: “What advice would you give to anyone that wants to volunteer at Evo?”
A: “When you volunteer it’s important to be dedicated because the work you are doing is appreciated by the children as you are benefiting their future through developing them through their hobby, which can help them not only just in sports but in their future career’s.”
Q: “How has volunteering at Evo benefited you directly?”
A: “I started working with a bunch of kids and it makes me so happy to see their progress. Volunteering has helped me to manage my time better between having school and coaching. It’s been really great to gain the work experience, by having such experienced coaches around me they have shown me how everything works and it’s really done a lot for me.”
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