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Event and club volunteer potential: the case of women’s rugby in England

Koutrou, Niki, Downward, Paul (2015) Event and club volunteer potential: the case of women’s rugby in England. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 8 (2). pp. 207-231. ISSN 1940-6940. E-ISSN 1940-6959. (doi:10.1080/19406940.2015.1102756) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:56934)

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Abstract

Sports could not survive without volunteers as they are vital to the ‘playing of sport’. Volunteering in sports is typically associated with sports-club systems or sport events. The purpose of this study is to explore the potential of harnessing volunteer activity in different contexts, as a result of previous sports club volunteering experience and to establish what determines the decision to volunteer and to continue volunteering. This is important for government policy, given the current objectives to promote a ‘Big Society’ and reduce public expenditure. A total of 168 volunteers involved in women’s rugby in England completed a web-based survey. Factor analysis was employed to summarise volunteers’ satisfaction with their experience. The analysis yielded six reliable factors of volunteers’ satisfaction. Regression analysis was then applied to identify which aspects of satisfaction, which motivations, how much previous sports engagement and which socio-demographic characteristics had an impact on actual volunteering for the women’s rugby world cup, and future plans for volunteering in a rugby club at a rugby event, or at other sport events. Regression results provide statistical support for the transfer of volunteer efforts across activities. Thus, the UK government may meet its objectives to stimulate a Big Society and widen community engagement through sport volunteering, by acknowledging that social mobility varies between and within sports and is determined by the experiences, interests, motives and characteristics of both the individual volunteers and voluntary sport organisations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/19406940.2015.1102756
Uncontrolled keywords: determinants of volunteer behaviour, single-sport event, sport clubs, Big Society, social capital
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Niki Koutrou
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2016 19:15 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56934 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Koutrou, Niki: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6382-036X
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