Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…read more
Volunteers the backbone of Australian sport
A new study confirms that Australia’s 2.3 million sporting volunteers are the backbone of Australian sporting organisations, highlighting that sport would be unable to function or even exist without them.
Commissioned by the Australian Sports Commission, Market Segmentation for Volunteers, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of Australia’s 2.3 million sporting volunteers looked at why Australians become sporting volunteers.
In identifying the core attitudes, motivators, needs and barriers that underpin people’s decisions to volunteer in sport, the study reveals the characteristics of the army of people who make the largest contribution to shaping the national sporting landscape.
Releasing the study, Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said the efforts of unpaid sports volunteers was worth billions of dollars.
Explaining that the study was an invaluable resource for sporting clubs and organisations to attract members and plan for future growth, Minister Dutton stated “there is not one person who has ever played sport in Australia who does not have a volunteer to thank for being given a chance to participate.
“It is a simple fact that sport in Australia would not exist without volunteers. There are more volunteers in sport than any other sector.
“Volunteers play a direct and hands on role in improving the health of our communities as well as creating opportunities for our next Laura Geitz, Michael Clarke or Tim Cahill.”
The study estimates that 23% of Australians aged 14 years and over would consider volunteering in club sport in the next 12 months. Three in four of these, or just over 2.8 million people, could potentially be first time club sport volunteers.
Minister Dutton said organisations needed to ensure this first engagement was positive to encourage people to continue volunteering.
The study shows that nearly all club sport volunteers, 89%, were satisfied with their experience, which presents a great opportunity for sports to capitalise on the volunteers’ enthusiasm and enhance their sport.
Minister Dutton concluded “anything that helps sports and clubs understand how they can attract more volunteers, retain existing volunteers and keep volunteers interested and happy is crucial to support Australian sport and increased community activity levels.”
Click here to view the report at the National Sport Research website.
6th December 2013 - SPORT MINISTER RECOGNISES THE VALUE OF VOLUNTEERS
5th December 2013 - RUGBY WORLD CUP GENERATES LEGACY FOR VOLUNTEERING
15th August 2012 - WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS AGRICULTURAL SHOWS 'WILL CEASE TO EXIST'
30th October 2009 - SPORT EMPLOYS 110,000: SUPPORTED BY 1.7 MILLION VOLUNTEERS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…read more
Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…read more
Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…read more
Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
Aflex Technology are the experts in all things inflatable. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach inflatables on the market. All products…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!