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COVID-19 and the decline of volunteers in Australian community sport: solutions to move forward

In: Research Handbook on Sport and COVID-19


  • Charles Mountifield
  • Stirling Sharpe


The unprecedented times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic impacted sport in Australia, particularly traditional volunteering in community sport. Government legislation on social distancing and the cancellation or postponement of community sport, triggered by COVID-19, threatened the practice of volunteerism. The purpose of this chapter is to provide solutions to address declining volunteer levels in Australian community sport in a post-COVID-19 world. The discussion includes factors such as what the sports administrators might do to increase levels of volunteering and ways in which the Australian government can offer support to a sector that was already under-resourced and under-funded. Further, there is consideration of the importance of partnerships alongside incentives for volunteers, the role of digital media, the relevance of health and wellbeing, and finally, the overall volunteer dynamic

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  • Charles Mountifield & Stirling Sharpe, 2022. "COVID-19 and the decline of volunteers in Australian community sport: solutions to move forward," Chapters, in: Paul M. Pedersen (ed.), Research Handbook on Sport and COVID-19, chapter 25, pages 313-328, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:eechap:21289_25

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