Volunteers in Sport

Volunteers in Sport    
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated: 16 May 2017
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Physical Literacy and Sport
Australian Sports Commission


Volunteers provide valuable support in the delivery of community-based physical activity programs and sports club operations. At the community sport level, volunteers serve as coaches, officials, team managers, administrators, board and committee members; with many individuals filling multiple roles.

Volunteers help to sustain the club sport system in many countries, as well as making a major contribution to school sport and a range of community leisure activities. From grassroots participation to high performance sport, volunteers make an enormous contribution.

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Volunteers contribute to the social and economic value of sport, particularly at the community 'grassroots' level.


The education, training, recognition, and ongoing support for sport volunteers has been shown to improve recruitment and retention rates, as well as the sustainability of sports.


The act of volunteering may provide many psychosocial benefits to the volunteer.

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