What is good practice?

Because volunteers are such an integral part of sport and active recreation organisations it is important that they are managed in ways which make them feel valued and part of organisations. This is the essence of good practice in volunteer management. Volunteers who feel that they make a worthwhile contribution to their organisation, are appropriately rewarded and recognised, and feel respected are more likely to contribute to that organisation again. Many sport and active recreation organisations argue that it is difficult to recruit and retain volunteers and often seem to assume that the problem is somewhat the volunteer’s. However, such organisations need to examine their volunteer management practices in order to determine the extent to which volunteers feel valued and a worthwhile part of the organisation.