Facilitating organisational effectiveness among volunteers in sport

Document type
Holmes, Kirsten; King, Lindsay; Garret, Richard
Date of publication
1 January 2007
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 8; Number 3
Social welfare
Material type

Download (210KB )

One of the UK government's policy positions in sport is to facilitate improvement in the voluntary sector's effectiveness and capacity, in order to help achieve governmental objectives for sport. However, attempting to change the voluntary sector in sport so that it serves as a more effective agent for government policy carries certain risks, as this sector is largely independent of government. This article explores the nature of volunteers in sport in order to judge if they are willing to change and willing to act as agents for government policy. It also examines the receptiveness of sports volunteers to an explicit, external initiative designed to facilitate improvement in the sector: Sport England's Volunteer Investment Programme, which operated from 1997 to 2005. The evidence used is from a national study of volunteering in sport, conducted for Sport England in 2002. The findings provide mixed evidence of the extent to which voluntary sport in England is capable of responding to the calls of government, and they suggest that if the voluntary sector is used in this way, a high wastage rate is to be expected. Different methods of stimulating the sector are considered.

Related to Volunteering

Volunteering and social action among teenagers

Briefing providing a snapshot of volunteering and social action among teenagers (13 to 19 year olds); levels of participation,…

Breaking down barriers to employment? Young people and sports leadership

Report exploring the role leadership programmes can potentially play in boosting the employability skills of young people.…

Annual Return for Volunteer Centres 2012-13

Report attempting to gauge the experiences of the Volunteer Centre network in England.

More items related to this subject

Related to NCVO

Britain's biggest charities: key features

Research briefing on super-major charities

Future employment and skills training for disadvantaged groups: a successor to the esf

This paper sets out the importance of ESF provision for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups

Full-time social action review: call for evidence

This discussion paper provides a series of questions on volunteering for young people

Low pay in the charity sector: the living wage foundation

This report examines pay and the Living Wage in the UK charity sector

More items related to this publisher