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MMU and Sport England report on sports volunteering published

Sport England

A report on sports volunteering commissioned by Sport England and involving Knowledge Hub affiliates has been published. The ‘Volunteering Insight’ project, led by Ryan Groom of the Business in Sport knowledge cluster, along with William Taylor (also from Manchester Metropolitan University) and Lee Nelson (University of Hull), was conducted over a four week period in March 2014.

Among the key findings were:

  • The number of adults volunteering in 2012–13 is down from 6 million the previous year to 5.2 million.
  • Key motivations behind volunteering included: a love for sport, giving back to sport, child involvement, volunteering linked to education and employment, career aspirations and social connection.
  • Whereas noted barriers to volunteering included: time, motivation, financial constraints, responsibility, awareness, lack of confidence and knowledge, administration and bureaucracy, and professionalisation.
  • Preparation and training were highlighted to be important for volunteering.
  • Important factors influencing the retention of volunteers included: rewards, recognition (even a simple ‘thank you’), providing qualifications and expenses, clear roles and on-going support.
  • Factors leading to drop outs included: personal circumstances, organisational circumstances, lack of enjoyment, child dropout, financial issues, qualifications, and (micro)political influences.

The report is avaliable to view on the Sport England website at Alternatively, you can download the report here.

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