This report offers an initial interpretation of a major survey of community sport workers and volunteers in the UK, carried out by SkillsActive in partnership with Dr Andy Pitchford of the University of Gloucestershire. The purpose of the survey was to establish demographic, equity and educational indicators for workers in the sector, and to audit their employment trends, working practices and perceived training needs.
An internet survey was hosted on the SkillsActive website for four weeks from the beginning of December 2004. During this time 899 respondents completed the questionnaire, exceeding the target of 600 for the sample. Of these respondents, 117 were unpaid volunteers, 782 were in employment of some kind.
It is estimated that there are between 4,000 to 5,000 people in full or part-time employment in the sector. We therefore consider this sample to be broadly representative. As the survey remains open on the website, this report should be viewed as a working paper with the option of further analysis of either the total responses or particular variables.
Editor's comments - [ The preliminary analysis of the data generated by this research indicates that there is a clear demand for a national, accredited framework for education and training for the community and sport development sector. Indeed, a highly qualified and receptive workforce is already in place. However, it is also clear a number of broad issues require immediate consideration if effective systems and strategies are to be put in place to advance the sector. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Pitchford, A. (2005). Community and sport development research project. London: Skills Active
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