Volunteers in Sport

Volunteers in Sport    
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
  evaluated by  Evaluation by:  Brendan Lynch, Principal, exSport (January 2018)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 15 January 2018
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Community Sport Coaching
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Volunteers support all parts of the sport system across Australia, from sustaining community grassroots sport through to supporting elite level sport, and the successful staging of major events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Volunteers perform many critical roles in sport including serving as coaches, officials, team managers, administrators, board and committee members; with many individuals filling multiple roles.

Key Messages 


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


Approximately 2.3 million Australians donate their time and energy to community sport and recreation clubs.


The labour input of Australian volunteers in sport has been estimated to be valued at AUD $4 billion annually.


Volunteering may provide many psycho-social and self-esteem benefits to the volunteer.


With regard to sports club workforce development—the ongoing provision of education and training opportunities, positive recognition, and other forms of support for sport volunteers, has been shown to dramatically improve volunteer recruitment and retention rates, as well as the broader sustainability of Australian sport.

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