WELCOME TO THE EUROPEAN SKILLS SURVEY ON SPORT VOLUNTEERING

Dear Colleague,

WE NEED YOUR VIEW AND CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOP SPORT VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER.
 
You know that volunteers are vital at every level in sport, from local grassroots participation to elite international competitions. So much sport and physical activity simply could not happen without those who freely give their time, energy, and commitment to our sector. Many volunteers gain huge personal and social benefits from their volunteering experiences. Sport volunteering, at its best, is a ‘win-win’ situation.

Even before Covid, however, there was evidence that sport volunteering was in decline across Europe. There are now worrying signs that the pandemic has made the situation worse, and this could have a longer-term impact. As European sport moves into recovery, there is a real need to find practical ways to rebuild the volunteer workforce by attracting more people with the right attitudes, motivations and skillsets, and retaining them through good quality volunteer training and management.

This survey is a unique attempt to reach out to the broadest range of sport organisations of all shapes and sizes (clubs, associations, federations etc.) across Europe to find out more about how the sector recruits, trains and manages their volunteers. We also want to explore the challenges sport organisations face in regard to volunteering and hear about possible solutions.

YOU ARE NOT ASKED TO WRITE VERY MUCH. ANSWERS TO MOST QUESTIONS ARE ‘TICK-BOX’ ONLY.

The survey is a key part of V4V, an Erasmus+ sport project led by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) with the active support of 12 partners (national and international sport federations, a government body, two universities, two research centres and two European networks).
You can find more information at: http://www.v4v-sport.eu.

(Note to colleagues in the UK: even though V4V is funded by the European Union, the EU acknowledges that the UK is an important partner country, especially for sport, and your responses to this survey are equally important, and you will also benefit from the results)

V4V aims to:
  • Collect, analyse and report on key statistics about sport volunteers – the roles they play in sport organisations, balance of male and female, the age groups involved, disabilities, the value they add etc
  • Create practical guidance and online toolkits for sport organisations and volunteers to improve their recruitment, training, retention and progression
  • Organise a European Sport Volunteering Skills Summit (planned for December 2023) for all interested stakeholders to consider the outcomes and formulate strategies.
All the innovative reports and toolkits will be made freely available to the sport community but by taking part in this survey you will be given priority access.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME TO COMPLETE THIS IMPORTANT SURVEY!

Your responses to the online survey will be treated anonymously in a way that does not identify you, and will only be seen by the EOSE team who will be responsible for the analysis. Data will be processed in compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you decide to enter your personal data in the final section of the survey, we will keep them for the purpose of the project and follow up activities around sport volunteering and will only use them to recontact you in case of direct question or further consultation or to share with you latest developments from the project.

If you need any assistance with completing the questionnaire, please contact Geoff Carroll or Aurélien Favre (geoff.carroll@eose.org / aurelien.favre@eose.org) from EOSE who are coordinating this research activity.

We look forward to receiving your response

Yours sincerely,

The Management Team of the V4V project
V4V Project Partnership:
S2A Partnership

This project has been co-funded with support from the European Commission.
This online questionnaire reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
 
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