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A winning team?: The impacts of volunteers in sport.

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Until recently [2008], sport was not seen as part of the voluntary sector. Volunteering England has led on embracing sport within the volunteering world, while some third sector infrastructure organisations still generally consider sport to be a separate sector, outside of the voluntary and community world. Yet people who run and help sports organisations tick all the boxes that define volunteering: spending time, unpaid, for the benefit of others.

The impacts of taking part in sport have been widely assumed and incorporated into government initiatives on health, child obesity, citizenship and social inclusion. But there is relatively little hard evidence on who benefits, how and why. There is also much discussion and action on the issues affecting volunteers in sport, such as management and training, but these areas too merit further investigation.

The Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) was the first resource to provide ready-made, flexible tools for measuring and assessing volunteering impacts. Users of the toolkit are encouraged to adapt the generic tools to their own organisation and field, and many have done so successfully. This project is to adapt the toolkit to provide sport-specific assessment tools as a resource for clubs, county and regional sports associations and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that wish to assess the impacts of their volunteers.



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Editor's comments - [  This research was conducted in 2007-08 by the Institute for Volunteering Research at Volunteering England (VE), with funding from the Volunteering Hub. Its main objectives were to:

  • Explore the impact of volunteering in sport on volunteers, clubs, and other stakeholders;
  • Test out the appropriateness of the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) 1 as a way of assessing the impact of sport volunteering;
  • Explore volunteer management practices within sports clubs and their influence on impacts;
  • Provide recommendations to Volunteering England and other volunteering infrastructure agencies on steps needed to enhance the impact of volunteering in sports;
  • Provide guidance to sports clubs on how to assess the impact of volunteering.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Gaskin, K. (2008). A winning team?: The impacts of volunteers in sport. London: The Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteering England


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