Volunteering in an Active Nation: Strategy 2017-2021, Sport England, (2017). By investing in volunteering, measuring the benefits (to volunteers as well as the community), and using the knowledge we gain to fulfil volunteers’ expectations, we’ll be able to tap even more of the country’s vast volunteering potential. From 2021 to 2025 Sport England's focus will expand to involving a larger proportion of the population in engaging and helping out in sport and physical activity. Additional resources developed include: Volunteering project evaluation toolkit; Volunteer survey guidance; volunteering Q&A; club matters; and a major event volunteer fund.
Active Lives: Adult Survey, May 2020/21 Report, Sport England, (October 2021). Volunteer frequency and demographic data will be updated in the November 2021 Active Lives report. However, this report highlights some of the mental health and wellbeing impacts of volunteering in sport. Overall they found positive correlations for individual wellbeing, individual development, and social and community development. Individual wellbeing and development benefits were higher for those who participated more frequently, while the social and community development benefits didn't show any strong differences across different rates of volunteering.
Active Lives: Adult Survey, November 2019/20 Report, Sport England, (April 2021). 4.9% (2.2 million) adults volunteered at least once a week throughout the year. Men continue to be much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity (64% male; 36% female). This has previously been noted as in contrast to more general volunteering, where men and women are more equally represented. Women were much less likely to referee or umpire, or coach or instruct, compared to men. Conversely, women are more likely to organise fundraising for sport and provide other help. The greatest shares of regular volunteers come from the 16-24, 35- 44 and 45-54 age groups. The report also found that people from lower socio-economic groups were less likely to volunteer (making up only 11% of volunteers, although they make up 31% of the population), and people with a disability, who make up 21% of the population, account for only 14% of volunteers. Updated statistics on volunteering continue to reported in later Active Lives reports.
Sport + Recreation Alliance, (accessed 10 May 2022). Provides information and resources about recruiting, rewarding and retaining volunteers and includes registers for volunteer opportunities and organisations looking for volunteers.
- Hidden diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers, Join in, (2014). Going beyond traditional valuation methods, which use the cost-replacement model, the research investigated the true value of sports volunteering to personal wellbeing and happiness of the volunteers themselves, plus the wider benefit to their communities.
- Givers: Recruit, manage and retain your volunteers more effectively, Join in, Sport + Recreation Alliance, Simetrica, (April 2017). For the first time, groundbreaking behavioural science research, has given us new evidence and insight into what drives people to volunteer, and what keeps them from doing so. We’ve distilled these insights into a simple framework to help grassroots clubs and organisations recruit, retain and realise the potential of volunteers. We call this GIVERS. It stands for: Growth; Impact: Voice: Ease and Experience; Recognition; Social.
- Join In. Join In matches people to volunteering opportunities at clubs in their area.
The Youth Sport Trust (YST) is an independent charity, established in 1994, that aims to help all young people achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities. Promoting ‘volunteering’ is an important part of YST leadership programs and workforce development. The Youth Sport Trust runs a variety of programs to encourage and promote volunteering in sport and physical education.