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Selling volunteering or developing volunteers? Approaches to promoting sports volunteering

Nichols, Geoff, Hogg, Eddy, Storr, Ryan, Knight, Caroline (2019) Selling volunteering or developing volunteers? Approaches to promoting sports volunteering. Voluntary Sector Review, . ISSN 2040-8056. (KAR id:70481)

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This paper considers the balance between promoting volunteering in sport by emphasising the personal rewards to prospective volunteers themselves – the dominant management approach – and promoting it by the long term development of the values of volunteering. We review the motivations and rewards of sports volunteers and how these can be used to promote volunteering as being a transaction between volunteer and organisation. This is contrasted with a life-course approach to understanding volunteering, and evidence that an understanding of the value of volunteering can be inculcated that underpins continued volunteering. The two approaches regard potential volunteers respectively as ‘consumers’ and as ‘citizens’. We suggest that a shift to treating volunteers as consumers can lead to volunteering being regarded as transactional. The discussion has implications for volunteering in general; in particular, how it can be promoted in a society where narratives of ‘the consumer’ increasingly dominate over those of ‘the citizen’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Eddy Hogg
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 11:35 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:11 UTC
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