ERIC Number: ED209182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Volunteers in Amateur Sport Organizations: Biographic and Demographic Characteristics and Patterns of Involvement.
This paper presents findings on the biographic and demographic characteristics of volunteer sport administrators and their involvement in sport organizations. The sample for the study consisted of volunteer sport administrators in 60 province-level sport organizations in Alberta, Canada. This study was done because of the dearth of research in this area and because of the importance of understanding these volunteers, their involvement, and their interests. An analysis of the data showed that more than 60 percent of the volunteer sport administrators were males and that the number of opportunities for male involvement in sport organizations were slightly higher than that for females. Results also indicated that the majority of administrators came from the middle and upper age brackets, with more than half over the age of 40. Almost half of the volunteers surveyed held a university degree. Sport volunteers came predominantly from the higher classes, and the majority of them were in high status occupations. Sixty-eight percent of the respondents had a British background, and a significantly greater number of the volunteers were affiliated with the Anglican church. It is also noted that a disproportionately large percentage of volunteer administrators lived in one of the two major cities in the province. Over 90 percent of the administrators had been involved in the sport for more than four years, and a large percentage of their families were also involved. Apart from administration, coaching occupied the greatest number of weekly hours of the sport administrator's time. A bibliography of 38 readings on the topic of voluntary participation in sports is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Regional Symposium of the International Committee for the Sociology of Sport (1st, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 31, 1981).