Volunteers are a hugely important resource to sport in England. According to the latest Active People survey, over 5.5 million people volunteer regularly in sport.
However, Sport England has found evidence that recruiting and retaining volunteers is increasingly difficult in many sports.
Research from 2002 (below) found that voluntary sports clubs needed more support from central and local government.
It made several recommendations, including:
- adapting the way that ‘professionalisation’ is promoted, to reflect the different cultures in clubs
- promoting the advantages of volunteer coordinators
- recognising that paying staff for roles that used to be voluntary risks reducing the morale of volunteers
- ensuring that volunteers are not overloaded by the need to meet the latest requirements from government or sporting authorities
Qualitative research carried out in 2008 delved deeper into understanding the appeal of organised sport – what are the benefits and barriers to joining a club and what messages would encourage different people to join?
Find out more by downloading the documents below.
Valuing volunteering in sport in England: summary report File size: 2.03MBDownload
Valuing volunteering in sport in England: appendix 2 File size: 0.89MBDownload
Valuing volunteering in sport in England: final report File size: 3.55MBDownload
Valuing volunteering in sport in England: appendix 1 File size: 0.52MBDownload
Understanding participation report (clubs / organised sport) File size: 2.30MBDownload