SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN822422
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism, Events and Sport
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module will consider theoretical and applied aspects of volunteering in sport. Students will develop a critical understanding of the management and recruitment processes that characterise sport volunteering.The module will evaluate the impact of volunteer strategies within sport and voluntary organisations and students will critique the growth of volunteering within the delivery of governmental sports policy.The contexts for contemporary case studies will include different populations within a sporting global framework


Understanding Sport Volunteering Theoretical perspectives Voluntary sector and its position within sporting policy National Governing Bodies and their demand for volunteers Role of government and sporting policy interventions Managing volunteers: strategy and impact Mega sports events and the volunteer process Professional sport and the application of internships Case studies reflecting the consumption diversity of sports events Researching sport development International perspective on strategy and policy

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:o Critically analyse theories and models underpinning volunteering in sport.o Demonstrate a critical understanding of the factors which influence volunteering in sport.o Show an understanding of sport volunteering from a range of practical case studieso Critically evaluate the recruitment and management of volunteers within sports policy

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Key theoretical material relating to sport volunteering will be introduced through a formal lecture programme. Students will first be introduced to the key theoretical underpinnings relating to the essential nature of volunteering within sport, they will then look at the influence of key factors before finally examining the management of volunteers via case-studies. The lecture series will be supported by a programme of seminars and workshops which will allow students to enhance and deepen their learning while applying theory to practice. Within seminar and workshop activity students will work in small groups to evaluate and comment upon current practice and real life volunteering examples and narratives will be used in order to enhance learning. Students will be given dedicated time where they can seek support from module staff in relation to the written assessment which focuses on a recognised sporting organisation. Where appropriate, guest speakers will be utilised to allow students to gain an understanding of sport development in practice and field trips will be integrated into this approach. PRME Throughout this module students will be introduced to the impact of volunteering in practice which will reflect the diversity of a range of volunteering groups in society. Themes dealing with cultural and societal sensitivity and thus diversity, equality and social sustainability within sport will be of importance. In addition to this, students will be encouraged to evaluate ethical and determinants in developing their understanding of volunteer recruitment in practice Internationalisation of the Curriculum The contribution of the sport industry to the global economy is increasingly recognised, whether this be in the post industrial city or within emerging nations and economies. Throughout this module students will be exposed to various international examples relating to developing volunteer models of practice as well as the need to develop culturally sensitive programmes and legacies which meet the demands and requirements of different populations.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Benson, A. & Wise, N. (Eds.) (2017) International Sports Volunteering. Abingdon: Routledge. Collins, M.F. & Kay, T. (2004). Sport and Social Exclusion. Oxon: Routledge Collins T. (2013). Sport in Capitalist Society. London: Routledge. Egli, B., Schlesinger, T. & Nagel, S. (2014). Expectation-based types of volunteers in Swiss sports clubs. Managing Leisure, 19, 359-375. doi: 10.1080/13606719.2014.885714 Hallmann, K. (2015). Modelling the decision to volunteer in organised sports. Sport Management Review, 18, 448-463. Houlihan, B & White, A (2002). The Politics of Sports Development. London: Routledge Jarvie, G. (2012). Sport, Culture and Society: An Introduction. London: Routledge. Marjoribanks, T and Farquarson, K. (2013) Sport and Society in the Global Age. London: Palgrave. Nichols, G. (2003): Volunteers in Sport. Leisure Studies Association. Publication N0. 80 Nichols, G. (Ed.) (2014) Volunteers in Sport: International perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge. Reid, F. (2014) Increasing sports participation in Scotland: are voluntary sports clubs the answer? In Nichols, G. (Ed) Volunteers in Sport: International perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge. Reid, F. (2017) International Sport Volunteering and Social Legacy: Impact, Development and Health Improvement in Lusaka, Zambia in Benson, A. & Wise, N. (Eds.) International Sports Volunteering. Abingdon: Routledge. Sport Wales (2010). Sports volunteering in Wales: Final report for Sport Wales. Stebbins, R A and Graham, M (2004) Volunteering as Leisure, Leisure as Volunteering: An International Assessment. Wallingford: CABI Publishing. Trimble, L, & Buraimo, B & Godfrey, C & Grecic, D & Minten, S. (2010). Sport in the UK. Exeter: Learning Matters Wang, C.L., & Wu, X. (2014). Volunteers' motivation, satisfaction, and management in large-scale events: An empirical test from the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Voluntas, 25, 754-771 Weed, M., Robinson, L., Downward, P., Green, M., Henry, I., Houlihan, B., & Argent, E. (2005). Academic review of the role of voluntary sports clubs. Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy, Loughborough University Whittaker, C.G., & Holland-Smith, D. (2014). Exposing the dark side, an exploration of the influence social capital has upon parental sports volunteers. Sport, Education and Society, 1-18. -567 Journals: Journal of Sport & Tourism Journal of Sport Management Leisure Studies Journal of Sport in Society European Journal of Sports Management Sport Education & Society Voluntary Sector Review Voluntas Sport Management Review Managing Leisure Online Sources: <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students should have gained competence in the following key areas: -360 o Critical analysis o Interactive and group skills o Problem solving skills o Regard for others o Ability to plan and manage learning o Ethics and awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 28.00
Field trips 8.00
Workshops 11.00
Independent Learning (FT) 117.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 n/a Discursive essay, 2500 words Tri A week 10
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 n/a Written Assessment 1500 words Tri A exam period