Student volunteer Laura Brown

Laura Brown: 'Volunteering definitely helped me get my current role'

22 September 2015

Laura Brown, Community Development Manager at Marylebone Cricket Club, talks about how volunteering helped her gain the skills and experience for her current role...

I’ve been volunteering as a netball coach since I was 19. Over the years this has ranged from coaching talented young athletes and people at national club level, to supporting people returning to the sport after a break. I have a passion for sport and was lucky enough to be a Games Maker at London 2012. I worked in International Federation Team Services where I looked after head officials throughout the Games.

My volunteering definitely helped me get my current role here at Marylebone Cricket Club. I was even asked about it in my interview! It helped me to be more adaptable. It also built my confidence in leading teams, as well as public speaking, and developed my communication skills. For example, in coaching you might need to explain a drill in different ways to different people. Some people are visual learners while others prefer to talk more. Now at work, every time I meet someone new I have an open mind about how best to communicate with them.

In my job, I’m responsible for the development and delivery of the club’s community strategy. This outlines areas in which the club can make a difference, like education and employment. We aim to use cricket as a sport, Lord's as a venue and Marylebone Cricket Club to support positive change in our local community.

I think volunteering’s fantastic. That’s why I developed the Club’s first ever staff and member volunteering policy. You get so much from it, and other people really appreciate your efforts. When it comes to getting a paid job, it really helps you stand out. 

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