SP3005 - Volunteering in Sport

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for you to explore the theoretical and applied aspects of volunteering in sport. You will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of how sport volunteering is conceptualised in the United Kingdom. This will include the meaning and understanding of sport volunteering, who volunteers and why, the patterns of volunteering and changes over time in the U.K. You will also be provided with some contrasting perspective with how sport volunteering operates in other countries. The module will focus on the concept of the volunteer, volunteer work and the volunteer experience in sport. However, we will briefly touch on the recruitment and management of volunteers and the legacy and impact of particular types of sport volunteering i.e. for events.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will consist of several different learning opportunities.

Firstly, you will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent/tutor guided independent learning. The module is taught via lectures where we will consider theory and research findings on sport volunteering. There will also be seminars which will link to directed learning tasks. Seminars will focus on a range of case studies and as the module progresses your own experience of sport volunteering. Tutorials will be used for drop in sessions to support your practical learning and there will be specific seminars and tutorials to guide your assessment.

Secondly, you will engage in a practical learning activity to develop your understanding of sport volunteering. This will take the form of you completing a phase of sport volunteering which can take place in a variety of settings and students will be supported to find and apply for sport volunteering opportunities. In exceptional circumstances, where a sport volunteering experience cannot be arranged, you may engage in general volunteering, in agreement with the module leader. You will then compare general volunteering to research insight on sport volunteering to reflect on the difference.

Overall, this will allow you to consider how the theory of volunteering applies in practice and to reflect on your personal experience.

The modules e-learning portal will be used to support the work you will be undertaking in the lectures and seminars; it will also contain additional guidance on independent learning activities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module teaching team will provide you with support in lectures, seminars, tutorials and during your practical volunteering phase. You will be able to access teaching materials on line via the ELP to help you to prepare for sessions. This site also contains the reading list for the module, a discussion board where you can ask questions and other supportive teaching materials.

The seminars will provide you with weekly opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on your progress and understanding. You will be able to engage in small group discussions with peers and you will be able to ask questions regarding the assessment during this time. Formative assessment may take place in the form of question and answer sessions, small group tasks and paired discussions of your volunteering experience.

Staff are also available outside of formal teaching sessions on a sign up basis; staff contact details are made available to you on the ELP.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

By the end of this module you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
LO1 - Understand theories and concepts underpinning sport volunteering behaviour and the volunteer management and development implications

LO2 - Relate theory to own practice in sport volunteering

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
LO3 - Reflect on your own skills and development needs, including interpersonal and communication, in relation to sport volunteering

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
LO4 – Demonstrate awareness of the changing nature of sport volunteering and its societal impact
LO5 – Show awareness of the difference in sport volunteering culture between countries

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through an essay (50%, LO 1, 4, 5) and a reflective log (50%, LO2, 3).

Formative assessment opportunities will be provided for you to practice essay writing and reflection skills.

The feedback on the final assessments will be provided through assessment rubric with a key strength and weakness highlighted in summary text on the ELP site blackboard.





Module abstract

It is widely accepted that volunteers are the “lifeblood” of sport in the UK and approximately 15% of people in England volunteered in sport at least once during 2016 (6.7million) (Sport England, 2017). Volunteers support sports clubs, events and sport governance, supporting the delivery of the majority of sport opportunities in the U.K. Volunteers and volunteering are important policy and practice concerns in Sport, constituting as they do a key workforce population for operating sport programmes. In Sport the recruitment, management and retention of volunteers is a key human resource management concern for sport events, clubs and in the last decade, facilities. Research points to the importance of satisfying volunteers. Whilst there is a considerable societal and economic value to sport volunteering activity, there can be personal benefits to the volunteer. There is an increasing interest in ensuring that volunteers have an enjoyable and meaningful experience, that the volunteering population grows and that people from more diverse backgrounds are encouraged into sport volunteering (Sport England, 2017).

Therefore in this module you will learn about volunteering, who volunteers, why they volunteer and the benefits this experience can bring. You will also learn about how sport volunteering has changed across time, and the motivations and barriers that influence whether people volunteer in sport. You will be encouraged to consider how the U.K. sport volunteering is similar or different to other country cultures.
Overall, this understanding will help you consider future Development and Management support needs of this workforce group. You will be encouraged to read, reflect, discuss and you will complete a practical volunteering experience, so that you can relate theory to practice.

Course info

UCAS Code C6N9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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