Should we have volunteer agreements in place?

There is no legal obligation on a club to have written volunteer agreements in place. However it’s considered good practice to have them for the following reasons:

  • They provide guidance as to how volunteers are encouraged to behave in their roles and references to the club’s policies and procedures
  • They clarify what sort of support the club will aim to provide to volunteers in return for their commitment.

If you do have agreements in place, it’s very important that they don’t suggest or imply that volunteers have any contractual obligations to your club or vice versa. Unlike employment contracts, volunteer agreements shouldn’t create any contractually binding obligations. Any agreement which reads like a contract may result in a volunteer being viewed as an employee in the eyes of the law, which should be avoided as it will entitle them to the rights of an employee.

See the following links for more information:

Ivo - Volunteer agreements

NCVO - Volunteer agreements

Volunteer Scotland - Volunteer agreements

Sport England - What is the difference between employees and volunteers?