Put quite simply, without volunteers, community sport wouldn’t happen

If it wasn’t for the incredible numbers of people who use their time to enable others to do sport – be it in a formal or an informal setting - community sport would grind to a halt. 

Whether these people organise a group of friends to go running once a week, coach a 5-a-side football team, run a squash club or even serve the teas at their local cricket club, they are making sport happen.

Do you want to help make sport happen?

Sport England’s role is to help get more people playing sport but in order to do this, community sport needs a workforce with a positive attitude and the right skills.

Volunteers in sport come in all shapes and sizes. They are of all ages and backgrounds. They have different skills and experiences and are certainly not all sport enthusiasts.

They also give their time to sport for different reasons – some are parents with children in a sports club, some are people who don’t want to go running, walking, swimming, etc. by themselves, others are sport enthusiasts who don’t want to play but want to be part of their local club.

Volunteers might also be plumbers, electricians, accountants, web designers, etc. who give their time for free – there are many different reasons but the main thing is that they all want to get involved and help make sport happen.

See our Volunteering Explained section for answers to some of the most common volunteering questions.

Motivations of sport volunteers

Motivations of sport volunteers in England is a review that is the first to combine the findings of commercial reports and academic research into the motivations of sports volunteers.

Undertaken by academics from the University of Sheffield, University of Kent and Victoria University, Australia, the review provides a broader understanding of volunteering in sport.

It provides a useful resource for anyone in the planning, management and delivery of sports volunteering and can be accessed below.