An estimated 3.2 million Australians participate in non-playing roles in the sport and active recreation sector each year. Over 90% of these participants (3 million) are volunteers.
Volunteers contribute to the social and economic value of sport, especially at the community level. Many sports and sporting organisations would not be able to run without volunteers who fill many critical roles, including coach, official, manager, administrator, board and committee member.
Volunteers also support major events, such as the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Volunteers add great value to the sector by ensuring organised activities are affordable, well run and inclusive.
Volunteering provides substantial value to society and to the volunteers themselves, including mental, social, and physical benefits.
Statistics and trends relating to volunteer participation in sport and recreation organisations.
Research has identfied a number of factors that either motivate or provide barriers to volunteer participation.
A planned approach to managing sport sector volunteers and their experiences will enhance satisfaction and improve retention.
Australian initiatives to support and encourage volunteer opportunities in sport and recreation.