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European Championships Glasgow 2018: survey of volunteer applicants

Aug 2019

This report presents findings from a study of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships ‘Team 2018’ volunteering programme, drawing predominantly on learning from a survey of volunteer applicants issued after the event. 

Building on our study of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Clyde-sider volunteer programme, findings show that some progress has been made in attracting a more demographically diverse pool of applicants. These applicants were motivated for a variety of reasons, but these could typically be categorised as either making a ‘contribution’ to the event or being a ‘consumer’ of it. 

In keeping with findings from the clyde-sider volunteer study, most volunteers described their role in positive terms, such as being fun, enjoyable, sociable or a unique opportunity. For a minority the experience was less rewarding, and this was often attributed to being under-used or due to a lack of communication. 

The report concludes that although this volunteering programme provided a rewarding experience for most and efforts were made to ensure that social and financial barriers did not prevent participation, further effort is needed at a community level to enable and encourage participation from people in the most deprived areas, those not currently in employment and people from ethnic minority groups.

Glasgow18 volunteer programme survey of Team 2018 applicants

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