Each week thousands of Western Australians give their time to support sport and recreation activities in the community.
Our industry wouldn't survive without them.
Sport grows around volunteers
Without volunteers there would be no clubs, no teams, no coaches and no oranges at halftime. Thank you for making sport and recreation possible.
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The value of the sports volunteer
Strategic Directions 6: Vital Volunteers
The engagement of volunteers in sport and recreation is vital for the industry to thrive and deliver personal and social benefits. Sport and recreation organisations must devise responsive and accommodating approaches to recruit, support and retain the vital volunteer base which facilitates the delivery of sport and recreation activities.
More information on Strategic Directions 6.
Valuing volunteers in sport and recreation
Nationally, community sport and recreation relies on 2.3 million volunteers who contribute more than 180 million hours to running sport and recreation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in WA during 2010 there were 235,000 sport and recreation volunteers. Volunteers that create and sustain these organisations make a vital contribution to the needs of the community.
Voluntary work is an enormous source of social capital and contributes directly to the growth and development of social networks and social cohesion within communities.
Volunteers also have a vital role to play in providing opportunities for all Western Australians to have physically active lifestyles.
Department's position on volunteers
The Department of Sport and Recreation greatly values the significant contribution volunteers make to the sport and recreation industry and to the wider Western Australian Community.
More information on the Department's position on volunteers.
Education and training for volunteers
The Department recognises the importance of supporting and recognising volunteers so they feel valued and are able to fulfill the position they have been given.
Education and training is a vital component of a good volunteer management program. Volunteers who are offered some form of training are more able to carry out their duties more comfortably and confidently and, as a result, more efficiently, which will in turn benefit their organisations.
The Department helps to provide education and training for volunteers in coaching, officiating, sports medicine and administrative and management programs.