Managing volunteers in grassroots sport
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Bradbury, T., & O'Boyle, I.
School of Business and Law
Grassroots sport (or community sport) is typically viewed as having a range of positive outcomes for its participants; not only benefiting those who actively take part in the sport itself, but also creating benefits for those involved in the delivery of the sporting experience (e.g. coaches, referees, volunteers). The positive traits, functions and outcomes attributed to both active participation in sport and involvement in its delivery have increasingly been the focus of state and national government policy. Sport is seen as a means of addressing a broad array of social issues and policy challenges. The chapter identifies key aspects of managing volunteers in grassroots sports as well as outlining elements of volunteer recruitment, training and development, and motivation and performance. The chapter also provides examples of research and evidence based good practice in volunteer management.