Managing and Retaining Volunteers

The Canadian Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC, found at has recognized the necessity and value of volunteers in sport organization.  As a result, they have put together a few articles related to volunteers this month over at their website.  Below is an excerpt from that page.


Volunteers are critical to the success of sport and recreation! Appreciating our volunteers and providing well managed programming and tools will assist in the retention and positive experience for everyone involved.

Typically volunteers feel a strong identification with the activity, a passion for giving back and want to make a meaningful contribution. How do organizations keep people coming back? From local clubs to national organizations, recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers can be difficult and daunting but there are tools out there to help.

SIRC has gathered some practical resources relating to recruiting, managing, retaining and rewarding volunteers.