United Kingdom

Fiona Reid, Lindsay Findlay-King

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Within the United Kingdom (UK), sports volunteering is understood broadly as willingly giving up one’s free time to assist others in sport for no payment. It in-volves a very wide range of activities, contexts and roles which are outlined in the chapter. It is widely accepted that volunteers are the “lifeblood” of sport and ap-proximately 15% of people in England volunteered in sport at least once during 2016 (6.7million). The main context for sports volunteering is the sports club or community sports association (75% of sports volunteers). Sports event volunteer-ing is becoming more visible but remains just a fraction of the overall volunteering activity in sport (1.3%). Overall volunteers are the main decision-makers in sport in the UK, although a professionalization agenda has increased the number of paid staff in larger, national organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Volunteers Around the Globe
Subtitle of host publicationMeaning and Understanding of Volunteering and its Societal Impact
EditorsKirstin Hallman, Sheranne Fairley
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030023546
ISBN (Print)9783030023539
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameSports Economics, Management and Policy
ISSN (Electronic)2191-298X


  • sports economics
  • sports volunteering
  • United Kingdom
  • social impact


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