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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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11  The next generation: Young people, sport and volunteering

Hannah Mawson and Andrew Parker

Introduction

The role of volunteering in the development and sustainability of UK sport has attracted much interest over the past decade. In England alone there are reported to be over 100,000 sports clubs staffed by some 5.8 million volunteers (Taylor, et al., 2003), with sports volunteering being estimated to account for some 26 per cent of all volunteering activity nationally (Davis Smith, 1998; Taylor et al., 2003). Sport England recognises the importance of volunteering from a community sports perspective; the presence and development of coaches, leaders and volunteers is vital to achieving its three key objectives: increasing sports participation, ...

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