We are delighted to introduce a new programme that supports and develops the people who help to make our events possible; you the volunteers! We are going to create new positions known as Gamesmakers. A Gamesmaker will be someone who regularly volunteers at our events and as such we will provide them with extra support, training and benefits to show our appreciation for your hard work.
As a Gamesmaker we will train you to be familiar with all the tasks involved in running the event, such as setting up, corner judging, using various scoring software and becoming a referee (for those who would like the opportunity) as well as other tasks – you can commit to as few as two tournaments per year to join-up!
The benefit of being a Gamesmaker will be experience across a broad range of skills in event management, distinctive t-shirts, references provided where requested and further sporting opportunities through our partnerships. Additionally, each year we will publicly recognise a Gamesmaker of the Year as someone who has excelled at supporting BSTF events.
Check back here soon for our shiny new GDPR compliant Games Maker registration form.
Other ways to help
Over the past decade hundreds if not thousands of students, alumni and coaches have selflessly given their time to help student Taekwondo and we would like to say a huge thank you to every one of them! There are many ways you can volunteer your time and expertise to help grow student Taekwondo, here are some of the most common:
Corner judges: we have a fantastic pool of experienced corner judges that help make BSTF tournaments possible. Corner judges are often alumni who love coming back to the Nationals and help make it possible for the next generation of students to compete in the Student National Championships. Corner judges may also be recently trained student judges looking to gain their L3 umpire qualification. Please note that from March 2018 all corner judges must have competed the online corner judge exam in order to register for events.
Medical support staff: help student Taekwondo and create a CV which stands out at the same time. Medical, paramedical and physiotherapy students, qualified first aiders and other similarly skilled students may apply to assist at the student national championships under the supervision of the medical staff we employ.
Photography and broadcast: if you are a photographer, film-maker, or training for a career in broadcast please get in touch well in advance to discuss volunteering opportunities at BSTF events.
Put yourself forward for election as a BSTF Trustee: trustees are the passionate individuals who are elected to the BSTF Board to oversee and deliver the activities of your national student sport charity. These roles require highly motivated and pro-active candidates who must be able able to commit at least 200 hours per year. Candidates are typically students or alumni with experience leading their own club committees. Being a BSTF Trustee can be hard work, but if you love university sport and Taekwondo then there are few better ways to give back to it than becoming a Trustee!
The BSTF recruits scores of highly experienced officials in the delivery of student Taekwondo events each year. These skilled men and women give their time selflessly to make student sports tournaments possible, so be sure to give them the love and admiration they deserve (even after they give your team mate a warning penalty!)
Officials applying to officiate at one or more BSTF tournaments will be invited to complete an online official’s application form; these are typically emailed to umpires directly or a link may be posted in the event calendar’s event information section.
Officials will be paid a fixed allowance to cover their costs when attending BSTF tournaments and lunch will also be provided – please note we aim to fulfill all payments to officials within 28 days of events attended.
Please be aware will no officials can be permitted to assist at a BSTF event unless they have completed the relevant online application form and received a confirmation email.