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1 Developing guidance to help clubs recruit new volunteers from outside the club Peter Taylor, Richard Moore & Simon Goldsmith, Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. Geoff Nichols, Management School, University of Sheffield

2 Volunteers in sports clubs – what’s the problem? 53% of clubs say recruiting / retaining volunteers is a problem (SARA club survey 2011) A few volunteers do a lot of the work Volunteer roles grow around key people – who are hard to replace.

3 Volunteers in sports clubs – what’s the problem? Volunteers’ work becomes more demanding and therefore off-putting –Coaching qualifications –Accreditations – Clubmark –Legislation – CRB checks –Club have to offer an experience that attracts and retains members – more ‘professional’

4 Clubs don’t look outside for volunteers Unusual for volunteers to come outside of –Players and parents: easier to recruit from but they restrict recruitment If a new person just comes along and wants to help – do clubs know what to do with them?

5 The ‘market’ for volunteers – less volunteering and more episodic 25% of people volunteered formally at least once a month in , which is lower than at any point between 2001 and A trend towards ‘episodic’ volunteering – people are willing to volunteer for a limited time.

6 The EYV project Funded from Office for Civil Society Brokered by Sport's Strategic Partnership for Volunteering –Phase 1: guidance from best practice cases of recruiting volunteers from outside the club –Phase 2: test guidance with clubs which do not recruit from outside the club –Phase 3: finalise guidance and disseminate

7 Phase 1: best practice Six focus groups with clubs –facilitators and constraints to the recruitment, utilisation and development of volunteers from outside the club previous guidance - NB runningsports; NGB guidance

8 Phase 2: testing the guidance 12 interviews: –1 Phase 1 club –6 Clubs with volunteer shortages and internal recruitment of volunteers –3 CSPs –2 NGBs Clubs have 'just not thought to recruit volunteers from outside' Very positive response to guidance Presentation as important as content

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10 The guidance: key messages People from outside the club are not aliens –they have relevant skills –in the current economic environment they want opportunities Many tasks in the clubs are not sport- specific, e.g.: –chair, treasurer, secretary, fixture secretary, child protection, health and safety, PR, sponsorship and fundraising, website

11 The guidance: key messages Preparation for recruitment, e.g.: –task descriptions –task splitting –specific skill requirements –training needs –duration and frequency of tasks Consider appointing a volunteer coordinator But the bottom line is: what does the volunteer want?

12 The guidance: key messages Consider all possible external sources, including: –Friends of players and members –Local volunteer centres –Universities and colleges –Probation Service –Local sports centres, fitness clubs, etc.

13 The guidance: key messages Use a variety of means of promoting opportunities –club website –open day –NGBs –websites, NB Do-it, vinspired, Sport Makers, Time Bank, Gumtree

14 The guidance: key messages Either specific role, or general helping out Nurturing new volunteers: –Speed of response –Volunteer coordinator –Mentors –Training opportunities –Rewards Formalities vs. informalities - get the balance right: –task descriptions, CRB checks, club rules and procedures vs. –making the volunteer feel comfortable and maintaining their motivation

15 Phase 3 events and further dissemination Leeds (27/10); Birmingham (28/10); London (1/11) Key agencies: NGBs and CSPs

16 Challenges Alerting clubs to opportunities outside their clubs Achieving clubs' searching for volunteers outside clubs Capacity of local volunteer centres to respond Capacity of universities and colleges to respond Connecting with Sport Makers

17 Thank you. Questions?


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