United Kingdom

  • Fiona ReidEmail author
  • Lindsay Findlay-King
Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)


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 involves 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 approximately 15% of people in England (6.7 million) volunteered in sport at least once during 2016. The main context for sports volunteering is the sports club or community sports association (75% of sports volunteers). Sports event volunteering 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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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