Who will volunteer? Analysing individual and structural factors of volunteering in Swiss sport clubs

Authors
Schlesinger, T. & Nagel, S.

Year
2013

Title
“Who will volunteer?” Analysing individual and structural fac-tors of volunteering in Swiss sport Clubs.

Abstract 
This article analyses the conditions influencing volunteering in sports clubs. It focuses not only on individual characteristics of volunteers but also on the corresponding structural conditions of sports clubs. It proposes a model of voluntary work in sports clubs based on economic behaviour theory. The influences of both the individual and context levels on the decision to engage in voluntary work are estimated in different multilevel models. Results of these multilevel analyses indicate that volunteering is not just an outcome of individual characteristics such as lower work-loads, higher income, children belonging to the sports club, longer club memberships, or a strong commitment to the club. It is also influenced by club-specific structural conditions; volunteering is more probable in rural sports clubs whereas growth-oriented goals in clubs have a destabilising effect.

Full reference
Schlesinger, T. & Nagel, S. (2013) “Who will volunteer?” Analysing individual and structural fac-tors of volunteering in Swiss sport clubs. European Journal of Sport Science. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2013.773089. 

Language of article
English

 

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