This is a huge contribution, with people giving their time in a range of different ways, from coaching and committee roles to providing transport and marshalling events.
Approximately 75% of these people volunteer in a local sports club (ref: Taylor 2003). It is therefore a key setting for our volunteering strategy and it is important that we supports clubs to ensure that their volunteers are having a positive experience, feel valued and want to continue giving their time.
To increase our understanding of the current challenges and opportunities sports clubs face in relation to engaging and retaining volunteers, in 2018 we commissioned the Sport Industry Research Centre to conduct a Sports Club Volunteering Survey, collecting data from key volunteers who run sports clubs.
The executive summary and the full report are available to download and includes detailed insight and the key recommendations to come out of the research, including the skills and experiences required by clubs, capacity and capability gaps, as well as challenges and methods to growing and retaining volunteers.