Volunteerism in Sports: Interview with Ahmet Mercanoglu

Volunteerism is an integral part of sports and can be impactful in many different ways. Being a volunteer in sports not only supports games but also provides many benefits to the community. Volunteering in sports is often a way to contribute to the local community. Volunteering in various tasks such as ticketing, security, and cleaning on game days helps ensure the smooth progress of games and provides participants with an enjoyable experience.

Additionally, participating as a volunteer in sports events provides the opportunity to establish new connections among people and expand social circles. It allows individuals to be in an environment where they share the same interests, strengthening the sense of community.

Volunteerism is a great opportunity for personal development. It offers the chance to learn skills such as taking responsibility, developing leadership skills, managing time, and enhancing communication abilities. Moreover, it can strengthen important social skills like coping with stress and empathy.

Being a volunteer in sports events is also a way to be physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Engaging in physical activities such as walking around the stadium, carrying equipment, or organizing the field helps volunteers stay healthy.

In conclusion, volunteerism in sports provides many benefits to both the community and individuals. Everyone, depending on their skills and interests, can volunteer in sports events and contribute to both themselves and others.

Interview with Mr Ahmet Mercanoglu

Can you tell us about yourself?  Who are you?        

My name is Ahmet Mercanoğlu, and i am 29 years old. I have been working at Konya Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club for six years now. I graduated from Selçuk University Faculty of Sports Sciences in 2018 and currently I am a student at the Faculty of Sports Sciences at Selçuk University. I have been playing football since 2006.

Can you tell us about your volunteering experience with your sport club?

At Konya Metropolitan Municipality Sports Club, I am responsible for sports activities and also involved in planning and coordination. Between 2013 and 2018, I participated in the Turkey Indoor Soccer Championship, and between 2016 and 2018, I participated in the World Indoor Soccer Championship. In 2017, I participated in the Turkey Athletics Championship, and in 2019, I volunteered at the Turkey Dart and Bocce Championships. In short, I started volunteering in sports at a young age.

What is the concept of volunteering according to you?

I started volunteering in sports based on my interest in my 16-year sports journey. The concept of volunteering holds an important place for me in terms of cultural exchange, socialization, and improving communication skills. Thanks to volunteering, I developed my talents, proved myself, and attained my current position at work. Let the concept of volunteering be at the center of your life to increase your interests, develop your talents, and be involved in sports.

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