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Volunteering in Community Sports Associations: A Literature Review

by Geoff Nichols
Format
Book
Published
Leiden : Brill, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Brill Research Perspectives
ISBN
9789004346284, 9004346287, 9789004346291
Summary
This review paper focuses on volunteers in community sports associations (CSAs). Such associations are a major context of sports volunteering across Europe, Canada and Australia?the countries in which a multitude of sports clubs are represented by governing bodies of sport. Their importance is not only in the large numbers of volunteers involved but also in the benefits of such associations to society. The clearest of these is the provision of opportunities to take part in sport, at a cost subsidized by the efforts of volunteers and thus contributing to physical health. However, the benefits extend more broadly to the quality of life and the rewards the volunteers themselves receive from association. Many community sports associations have a significant number of members who, while they do not actually play sport themselves, provide opportunities for others and also enjoy the social rewards of membership.0The aim of this broad-ranging review is to introduce the reader to community sports associations as an example of small, volunteer-led associations, and to make links between academic theory in this area and the more general study of volunteering.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • The number of sports clubs, club membership, and volunteering
  • Explaining a trend toward individual participation in sport and volunteering , and a reduction in the number of CSAS
  • Conceptualizing community sports associations and volunteering
  • Motivations of sports volunteers
  • Challenges facing community sports clubs' volunteers and leaders
  • Management and leadership of volunteers in CSAS: applying a rational systems approach and the pros and cons of formality
  • Community sports associations and social capital
  • The relationship between CSAS and even volunteering
  • Conclusions.
Description
x, 75 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
  • "Originally published as Volume 2(1) 2017, in Voluntaristics Review"--title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-75).
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