Celebrating volunteers like Curtis
For our final volunteer profile in celebration of Volunteers Week, we have featured Curtis. Curtis began his Greenhouse Sports journey as a young table tennis player at Capital City Academy in North West London. Table tennis captivated him and, because he worked on his skills before and after school, his involvement also kept him from getting into trouble. After finishing school, Curtis was keen to give back to the organisation, so he began volunteering at Morpeth School in East London, with another Greenhouse Sports Table Tennis programme. He told us about his experience a volunteer table tennis coach:
What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Greenhouse Sports?
I enjoy working with the kids because I see myself in them and this inspires me to work harder.
What does a typical volunteer day with Greenhouse Sports (on your programme) look like?
A typical day with the Greenhouse Sports Morpeth Programme is very organised with 3 sessions in a day lasting an hour and a half each session. During these sessions I get to coach and mentor the participants. I also get to shadow coach Helder and coach Ana while they are delivering their sessions. Sometimes I get to have some theory sessions to learn more about coaching in table tennis and specially mentoring young people and standards.
Why do you love table tennis?
I love table tennis because it is a unique sport that not a lot of people can play to a good standard and I feel it makes me stand out as an individual.
How have the Greenhouse Sports coaches inspired you?
Greenhouse Coaches have inspired me by being there for me and giving me a helping hand when I needed it.
Curtis has recently been accepted into Greenhouse Sports’ apprenticeship programme, where he will train to be part of our next generation of inspirational coaches.
Thank you so much Curtis for sharing your story. If you are inspired to volunteer with Greenhouse Sports, get involved!