Volunteers make a huge contribution to the sport sector as a whole and play a vital role in sustaining the delivery of sport at all levels from grassroots participation to elite competition.
Through their tireless commitment, volunteers also gain much informal learning – particularly in generic transversal skills – which, if made visible, will be a powerful incentive to volunteer recruitment, easing transition into paid employment and addressing skills shortages more widely in the sector.
Within the V4V project, we are using the main elements of the volunteer concept in laws and regulations adopted by EU member states.
For the purposes of this project, it has been agreed that volunteering describes actions which:
- are performed with the free will of the individual;
- are developed in the framework of non-profit, non-governmental organisations;
- are non-paid and carried out for for the benefit of the community or third party.
The V4V partnership constitutes a powerful mix of 13 stakeholders: national and international sport federations, a governmental organisation responsible for sport, two sport training providers, two sport research centres and two sport European Networks with numerous contacts all over Europe and beyond.
The partnership includes the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) which is a multi-sectoral European Network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe.
New tools to support recruitment and retention of sport volunteers discussed at V4V partner meeting in Helsinki
A solid foundation of research to understand the realities and challenges in sport volunteering will inform new toolkits for sport organisations and volunteers. The 20th and 21st of June 2022 saw the partners in the V4V project gather in Helsinki, Finland, for the 3rd...
EOSE and the partners in the V4V project have launched a new survey aimed at the whole sport sector which covers key issues related to sport volunteering. The target group for the survey is all sport organisations with an interest in sport volunteering. Take part now and have your say !
Following their successful meeting on 15th October 2021, V4V partners met on 10th November to begin planning the final component of Phase 1, the first ever survey of sport organisations across Europe with a focus on the volunteer workforce…
V4V researches skills, recruitment and retention issues in volunteering in sport (Partner Meeting 2)
15th October 2021 saw the second full partner meeting for V4V to review progress in the desk research and interview component of output 1 – a comprehensive mapping of the volunteer workforce…
The 5th of May 2021 saw the kick-off meeting for V4V, a new project funded through the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission. Coordinated by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), with the support of 12 other expert partners from the European sport sector, V4V aims to…