A critical evaluation of the motivations and issues associated with youth rugby in Tofaen. A case study from rugby union
University of Wales
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There has been little research into the motivations and issues being faced by volunteers in specific sporting contexts. This investigation therefore aimed to fill the current gap by highlighting the specific factors associated with volunteering in Amateur Rugby clubs, whilst also attempting to contextualise those already identified. The investigation aimed to identify key motivation parameters and issues being experienced by volunteers to educate organisations and help develop effective recruitment and retention strategies. Qualitative research was gathered from a variety of voluntary participants within the club structure by means of semi- structured interviews. Results from the study indicated the need for a more formalised approach towards volunteer recruitment and retention. The study also concluded that organisations should endeavour to provide volunteers with opportunities that foster motivations, whilst also working to overcome issues. In particular difficulties with increasing workloads, conflicts of interest and volunteer management characteristics such as; recognition and rewards, support and supervision were highlighted as major issues. The study also highlighted that the main parameters reported by volunteers were Altruism, Camaraderie, long term association and personal development, which were consistent with previous research.
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