Volunteer Position Description


Volunteers are valued as an integral part of our team bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, skill and experience. We treat our Recreation volunteers as potential future part-time employees.  We provide them with the skills they need to assist us effectively in our public programming and in return, we offer workshops and coaching that will improve their likelihood for employability.


  1. Assignment: Basketball  Volunteer



  1. Purpose of Assignment:  To create a positive learning space by ensuring the health, safety and fun of all participants. Continuously striving to deliver excellent customer service to all participants, parent/guardians and patrons. Volunteers will assist with teaching the fundamental movement skills of basketball through instruction and gameplay.


  1. Tasks:
  • Greet participants as they enter they gymnasium and ensuring they put belongings in appropriate area
  • Engage and converse with participants while the staff speaks to parent/guardians
  • Assist with the set up and breakdown of equipment, including pylons and nets
  • Help with the maintenance of sports equipment. Ie: basketballs are inflated
  • Hand out pinnies to participants
  • Be willing to lead activities (warm up games, stretches, basic drills)
  • Encourage and support participants during activities
  • Demonstrate basic basketball skills for participants. Ie: dribbling and shooting
  • Assist participants in developing their basic basketball skills
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to participants falling behind in lessons
  • Coordinate with the staff to role play examples of fair and foul play
  • Accompany the staff and all participants for water breaks
  • Keep the participants engaged while the staff is transitioning to a new activity
  • Create a fun and inclusive environment for participants by reporting any bullying or harassment


  1. Time Commitment:  The Skills and Drills program runs at many recreation centres across the city with varying times. Shifts usually have a duration of 1-3 hours. Activities run on a weekly basis for an entire session.


  1. Position Requirements:
  • Must be at least 14 years’ old
  • Must have attended a mandatory Volunteer Orientation/Training
  • Have the desire to teach young children
  • Have basic basketball knowledge. Ie: dribbling, shooting and gameplay
  • Regular attendance of all weekly games/lessons
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and participants
  • Be a team player, able to work well with fellow volunteers and staff
  • Able to demonstrate patience when dealing with different participants


  1. Supervision: Staff will always be present. For program specific inquires (cancelled dates or missed shifts) report to the on-site contact. For any other volunteering concerns, report to the designated Volunteer Specialist.


  1. Working Conditions:  Indoor conditions. Will be interacting mainly with children ages 3-13 years old, but may be placed in programs with older participants on occassion. Must be comfortable with standing, running, and jumping for long periods.


  1. Uniform Requirements:  Clean indoor only running shoes, athletic shorts and t-shirt preferably in dark colours. If provided by staff, volunteers must wear a singlet and/or name tag.


  1. Benefits:  The benefits of this position are:
  • Potential future opportunities for part-time employment with the City of Brampton
  • Great experience for those wanting to working with children
  • Development of customer service skills
  • Increased ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Improve interpersonal and people skills
  • Gather management and supervision experience
  • Develop a new level of professionalism
  • Strengthening sports skills and knowledge