Volunteering as Bohs Access Officer, Irvine makes a valuable contribution to the Dublin soccer club’s diversity and inclusion mission.

“Being the Access Officer for Bohs is a huge honour and a volunteer role I was delighted to take on. I’m responsible for making sure that Bohs fans with disabilities have the best experience possible with the club. On match days in Dalymount, I help both home or away disabled fans if needed, and help out with our Audio Described Commentary (ADC) service that we provide for our visually impaired fans.

“Diversity and inclusion is really important in the Bohs community. It’s something that makes our club stronger, both on and off the field. We’re in a position where we can make people who maybe wouldn’t have felt included in football, even just a few years ago, feel included in our football club. Whether it’s members of the LGBT+ community, refugees, or fans with disabilities, everyone is welcome at Bohs. We’re not perfect but we’ll always try to get better.

“There’s a lot I enjoy about volunteering. It’s a great way of meeting people. Throughout my years volunteering at Bohs, I’ve met some of the soundest people you could possibly meet. People who give up a huge amount of time to help the club grow or to help others. It’s genuinely inspiring when you see the amount of work that people put into something for no financial gain. They’ll just do it to the best of their ability because it’s something they’re passionate about. I’ve met the kindest and most generous people through volunteering.

“Football and Bohs is something I care deeply about so to have a role in the club is a huge honour. If anybody reading this would like to learn more, please feel free to get in touch with me [email protected]

This National Volunteering Week, we’re celebrating the kindness, compassion and generosity of volunteers like Irvine. 

Thank you to Irvine for sharing his Volunteer Story. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to share yours!

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