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Fresh insight into volunteer habits. Our latest figures show that 6.7 million people – 14.9% of the population in England – have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity. One of the most striking features of the latest research, however, is the stark gender gap in those who volunteer. Active Lives Adult shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity. This is in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members. Tracey Crouch, sports minister, says: "This fresh insight into volunteering in sport shows that millions of people are playing vital roles up and down the country supporting the grassroots.

"But it also highlights a gender gap that we want to close. Key statistics Some of the key volunteering statistics include: There’s a lot to do to make the experience of volunteering in sport more attractive to women. Engaging Youth Volunteers. Engaging Youth Volunteers Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 09:00 Volunteering is the backbone of sport in Canada. Without the generous contributions of volunteers at all levels many sport opportunities would not be available to our communities. In the past our older generation has been the stalwart contributors of their time and energy and while this trend continues, we should also be looking to our younger generations to help support their desire to give back to communities and encourage their engagement as members of the volunteer community. According to the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 58% of Canadians aged 15-24 are involved in volunteering.

And in 2013 12.7 million Canadians contributed close to 2 billion hours (General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013) with youth (15 to 19 years) being more engaged with 66% volunteering an average of 110 hours per year. Why do youth volunteer? Additional Resources Volunteer Canada Sources: I Thought I Knew How to Manage Volunteers – Until I Had to Run a Church 2017 11 15. Celebrating Canadian Coaches through National Coaches Week! | SIRC. Celebrating Canadian Coaches through National Coaches Week! Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 09:00 September 23-30, 2017, marks the third annual National Coaches Week!

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the 13 Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives (P/TCRs)’s National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach. Coaches are a valuable contributor to communities across Canada.Canadians across the country should take the opportunity during National Coaches Week to say, #ThanksCoach.Coaching contributes significantly to volunteerism in Canada. With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. Social Media #ThanksCoach Profiles. OPINION: A week to recognise the one million volunteers who keep sport moving » Media releases and updates » Sport New Zealand.

Back OPINION: A week to recognise the one million volunteers who keep sport moving In some ways it’s no surprise: of the 1.2 million people who volunteer in New Zealand every year, five out of six are giving their time to the sport and recreation sector. Perhaps that’s inevitable: We are a proud and active nation. Sport is part of our Kiwi DNA, and it’s not just something we do – for many, it is a way of life. And the reality is it simply can’t happen without those who give their time for free. We call them sportmakers. Many of them are parents who organise and manage teams, coordinating transport to ensure kids get to and from games and training sessions, cutting oranges or washing the team shirts.

Each of these roles, and many others, are part of how sport brings communities together. The most common form of volunteering is coach or instructor (12.6 percent), followed by parent helper (11.4 percent), officiating roles (7.3 percent) and administration roles (6.2 percent). GIVERS myths, motivations and barriers behind volunteering in sport. Good Sports: Why Sports Need to Engage Female Volunteers - Women In Sport. Making Time - Join In. Join In’s latest ground-breaking research looks at how behavioural science can persuade more people to give their time and volunteer, with a focus on sport. Presented in partnership with BT↑ and leading social impact research consultancy Simetrica↑, the report reveals the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and most importantly the ‘why’ of volunteering.

The launch in Whitehall was led by Join In Chair Lord Charles Allen and Britain's most successful Paralympian, and Join In trustee, Tanni Grey-Thompson. Join In patron Eddie Izzard, leading economist and former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell and Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson also backed the launch. This handout provides a summary of the findings from our extensive review and new regression analysis of UK data sets of both volunteering and sport volunteering. Hidden diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sport volunteers - Join In. New volunteering strategy published | Sport England. In the past, volunteering in sport has been seen as something people do for the benefit of others.

Whether it's marshalling a fun run, managing money, driving people from A to B (and back) or even washing the muddy kit on a Sunday afternoon, it’s always been the participants that everyone is focused on. That’s about to change. Our new volunteering strategy, Volunteering in an Active Nation, accompanied by a number of new funding opportunities, puts the experience of the volunteer and a drive to increase diversity at the heart of efforts to support volunteers. After all, without them most community sport simply wouldn’t happen. Download Volunteering in an Active Nation The double benefit of volunteering When we set out to develop our first ever volunteering strategy, our research uncovered a truth about volunteering. Take Rebecca who volunteers with Goodgym Open in a new window.

Changing perceptions of volunteering £3mfund for people facing disadvantage New funding opportunities. Retaining Sport Officials | SIRC. Retaining Sport Officials Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 08:49 Sport officials play a vital role within sport and should be viewed along the same lines as coaches within the sport system in regards to participation and development. Officials should not be viewed as just service providers, but rather as integral participants within sport. Without an official to referee a game there is no game. However, in recent years there has been an increasing shortage of officials. Why do individuals get into officiating? For many people, the reason why they pursue officiating is as simple as the love they have for sport. So why do officials leave the role? There are a variety of reasons that officials give as to why they leave their role and some of them include: What do officials say they need to stay in the game?

Staying involved with anything requires that an individual feels a sense of welcome and belonging to a community. References: Cuskelly G and Hoye R. (2004). Sport Taranaki acknowledges youth volunteers. Factors contributing to the retention of Canadian amateur sport officials 2016 Livingston Forbes. Club Solutions. Skills Active Sport & Recreation Industries Workforce Scan 2016 (paid & volunteer)

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Volunteer recognition program - PREB (Canada) Revising the Game Plan: Retirement is just one Choice for Athletes in Transition | SIRC. Revising the Game Plan: Retirement is just one Choice for Athletes in Transition Author: Jason Dunkerley Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 09:00 As athletes, we face the existential dilemma of deciding when enough is enough. Pushing our bodies through pain and past injury is sustainable only for so long. There are some notable examples of athletes who have successfully transitioned between sports. In 2011, Mike Woods was working at a bank and trying to figure out what he was going to do with his life. A number of para athletes have undergone a similar metamorphosis. So what are some of the factors which compel certain athletes to successfully redefine their relationship with sport? Quite apart from taking up another sport, there are many avenues through which athletes may remain connected to sport.

As athletes, we easily forget the old adage which states that whatever happens, the sun will rise tomorrow. Additional Resource: About the Author. GreaterSport | training | volunteers | vip (volunteer inspire programme) Join the 6500 other people helping out at local events or sports clubs in Greater Manchester by clicking the Local Authority you live in below #GMinspire The VIP (Volunteer Inspire Programme) is a GreaterSport initiative that has been launched in partnership with all ten boroughs within Greater Manchester. The programme allows volunteers, coaches and officials to sign up for opportunities that organisations provide.

Over 6500 people have already signed up to the programme and there are over 150 opportunities listed for some of the biggest sporting events in Greater Manchester. There are also many community sports clubs that could really use your help and expertise. Almost anyone can become a help out, with a wide range of activities and roles it doesn't matter whether you are 16 or 80, there will be an opportunity for you. Infographic: The Nationwide Decline in Sports Officials - Athletic Business. There are around 300,000-350,000 total high school sports officials in the U.S. but states like Tennessee, Nevada, and Kansas are all reporting a decrease in registered officials. In fact, Oregon saw a 12 percent decrease in the last three years alone. Factors like low pay, negative environments and a lack of advancement opportunities are discouraging those who are interested in becoming sport officials. The decline in Tennessee is even being attributed to a new background check policy implemented in November 2015.

This policy requires officials to pay their own fee to get a criminal background check each year to remain an official. With a fairly low wage, this could be hard for those who rely solely on officiating games for their income. Beyond low wages however, their overall working environment is growing more negative. The decline in sport officials across the nation means fewer games for kids and some sports being dropped altogether from school districts.