Great expectations: Voluntary sports clubs and their role in delivering national policy for english sport

Spencer Harris, Kate Mori, Mike Collins

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

46 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Voluntary sports clubs (VSCs) account for about a quarter of all volunteering in England. The volunteers work in a mutual aid, self-production, self-consumption system whose main purpose is identifying and nurturing high-level performers. But the new HMG/Sport England strategies leading to London 2012 expects volunteers to make a major contribution to sustaining and extending participation. The study utilized six focus group sessions with a total of 36 officials and members of 36 clubs across the six counties of Eastern England to assess whether and to what extent government policy objectives can be delivered through the voluntary sector. The study focused on the perceptions and attitudes of club members about being expected to serve public policy and the current pressures they and their clubs face. The results lead the authors to question the appropriateness, sensitivity, and feasibility of current sport policy, particularly the emphasis on VSCs as policy implementers.

“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”. Copyright International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-423
Number of pages19
JournalVoluntas
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

sports club
Sports
clubs
club member
sports policy
government policy
public policy
participation
Clubs
Group
England

Keywords

  • England
  • Pressures
  • Public policy
  • Sports clubs
  • Volunteers

Cite this

@article{3488d73ec8cd4f26b66954ca46028b0a,
title = "Great expectations: Voluntary sports clubs and their role in delivering national policy for english sport",
abstract = "Voluntary sports clubs (VSCs) account for about a quarter of all volunteering in England. The volunteers work in a mutual aid, self-production, self-consumption system whose main purpose is identifying and nurturing high-level performers. But the new HMG/Sport England strategies leading to London 2012 expects volunteers to make a major contribution to sustaining and extending participation. The study utilized six focus group sessions with a total of 36 officials and members of 36 clubs across the six counties of Eastern England to assess whether and to what extent government policy objectives can be delivered through the voluntary sector. The study focused on the perceptions and attitudes of club members about being expected to serve public policy and the current pressures they and their clubs face. The results lead the authors to question the appropriateness, sensitivity, and feasibility of current sport policy, particularly the emphasis on VSCs as policy implementers.“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”. Copyright International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y",
keywords = "England, Pressures, Public policy, Sports clubs, Volunteers",
author = "Spencer Harris and Kate Mori and Mike Collins",
year = "2009",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "405--423",
journal = "Voluntas",
issn = "0957-8765",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "4",

}

Great expectations: Voluntary sports clubs and their role in delivering national policy for english sport. / Harris, Spencer; Mori, Kate; Collins, Mike.

In: Voluntas, Vol. 20, No. 4, 12.2009, p. 405-423.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

TY - JOUR

T1 - Great expectations: Voluntary sports clubs and their role in delivering national policy for english sport

AU - Harris, Spencer

AU - Mori, Kate

AU - Collins, Mike

PY - 2009/12

Y1 - 2009/12

N2 - Voluntary sports clubs (VSCs) account for about a quarter of all volunteering in England. The volunteers work in a mutual aid, self-production, self-consumption system whose main purpose is identifying and nurturing high-level performers. But the new HMG/Sport England strategies leading to London 2012 expects volunteers to make a major contribution to sustaining and extending participation. The study utilized six focus group sessions with a total of 36 officials and members of 36 clubs across the six counties of Eastern England to assess whether and to what extent government policy objectives can be delivered through the voluntary sector. The study focused on the perceptions and attitudes of club members about being expected to serve public policy and the current pressures they and their clubs face. The results lead the authors to question the appropriateness, sensitivity, and feasibility of current sport policy, particularly the emphasis on VSCs as policy implementers.“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”. Copyright International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y

AB - Voluntary sports clubs (VSCs) account for about a quarter of all volunteering in England. The volunteers work in a mutual aid, self-production, self-consumption system whose main purpose is identifying and nurturing high-level performers. But the new HMG/Sport England strategies leading to London 2012 expects volunteers to make a major contribution to sustaining and extending participation. The study utilized six focus group sessions with a total of 36 officials and members of 36 clubs across the six counties of Eastern England to assess whether and to what extent government policy objectives can be delivered through the voluntary sector. The study focused on the perceptions and attitudes of club members about being expected to serve public policy and the current pressures they and their clubs face. The results lead the authors to question the appropriateness, sensitivity, and feasibility of current sport policy, particularly the emphasis on VSCs as policy implementers.“The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com”. Copyright International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y

KW - England

KW - Pressures

KW - Public policy

KW - Sports clubs

KW - Volunteers

U2 - 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y

DO - 10.1007/s11266-009-9095-y

M3 - Journal Article

VL - 20

SP - 405

EP - 423

JO - Voluntas

JF - Voluntas

SN - 0957-8765

IS - 4

ER -