Volunteer Case Study | Chris Wall
“Volunteering allows me to give something back to a sport that's been very good to me over the years.”
I was first introduced to touch in 2004 whilst living in Japan. I played in a single tournament, with the Okayama Grapes of Wrath, which we won, then forgot all about it. It wasn't until I moved to London in 2011 that I started playing regularly, initially with a few social teams (Blindside, Evolution, Galaxy), then joined London Eagles in 2012 where I've played my club touch ever since.
I've also been lucky enough to represent the South East region open and senior teams at the touch nationals and have represented England since 2013 as part of the Men's 30s and Men's 35s teams and currently part of the Senior Mixed training squad.
What do you do?
As well as playing for London Eagles, I was an active member of the club's committee for over five years. My main responsibility was leading and developing our mixed teams. Starting off with one team entering the Challenge Touch Series in 2013, we grew (and improved) year on year, managing to enter three mixed teams in the 2019 Elite National Touch Series. Over the years I've got involved in coaching, league management, kit design, managing international tournaments, club socials, end of season awards and a vast amount of touch admin.
In addition to my club duties I've coached the South East Mixed Opens and Men’s 30s through a number of Nationals campaigns and captained the England Men's 35s team for the past four years.
What motivates me?
The biggest motivation for me is seeing players improve and develop on the touch field. Seeing players go on to represent their region or their country and knowing that we played a role in helping them get there is a truly rewarding experience.
Why do I volunteer?
Volunteering allows me to give something back to a sport that's been very good to me over the years. As well as some fantastic experiences on the pitch, it's taken me to numerous countries across Europe, as well as the USA, Australia and Malaysia and it's introduced me to some amazing people. Whilst I was honoured to be selected for the special recognition award, i'm fortunate to have been part of a team of hard working committee members (for both London Eagles and SETA) who have all played their role in getting our club and region to where they are today.
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