They don’t do it for the awards or the recognition.
But there will forever be an importance in turning the spotlight on volunteers who contribute greatly in the community.
One such figure was highlighted at the recent Perth and Kinross Sports Awards, held at the city’s museum and art gallery.
Frazer Robertson, president of Glenearn Badminton Club, was announced as winner of the Volunteer of the Year 2021.
“Volunteering is something that becomes addictive,” Frazer told the Perthshire Advertiser this week.
“Now, not everybody wants to do the governance bit, the meetings, finance trackers and all that kind of stuff.
“But everybody has something to give. Everybody has some kind of skill. There are lots of ways to volunteer.
“I can’t recommend it enough to people because it is a very rewarding thing. It’s something that makes you feel good.
“It’s good for your mental health, for socialising and meeting new people.
“And it’s also a good way of learning new skills. You don’t need to be an expert, you can learn on the job.”
He continued: “It’s lovely to be recognised for what you are doing, but that is not why you are doing it.
“It’s more about giving back to the club.
“I’m quite new to Perth and moved about three or four years ago.
“Badminton is something I have played all my life.
“I reached out to Glenearn and they were a real social bunch. I wanted to repay that warm welcome I received.”
A large chunk of Frazer’s determination to keep pushing Glenearn forward is John Grant, the club’s former president – a real stalwart – who sadly passed away in 2020.
The John Grant Memorial Cup was introduced, which will now be presented each year to the winners of the annual club competition.
One of John’s big passions was working on inclusion and a partnership with Perth and Kinross Disability Sport has been continued.
Frazer and club members officiated almost 100 games at the Perth and Kinross Disability Sport Badminton Championships in November.
“I took over from John and they were really big shoes to fill,” said Frazer. “I hope I’m doing him proud.”
Frazer’s work across the past couple of years has included steering the club through the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring the appetite for badminton remained and introducing free sessions for young people.
“Ross Paterson, the club treasurer, myself and others worked tirelessly to ensure that, the minute we could get back to sport, we were,” Frazer explained.
“We had an online booking system and went through all of the Covid-19 risk assessments. You had to constantly adapt but we managed to get back training quite early.
“We’ve seen a real bounce and I think people started to understand what they were missing.
“We’re doing quite a bit just now and the club has undergone a rebrand – with a new logo – and our coaches have received training with Badminton Scotland.
“At the moment we have a waiting list for juniors and a waiting list for adult beginner returners. So we must be doing something right.”
Glenearn Badminton Club noted they were “incredibly proud” of Frazer for earning the Volunteer of the Year award.