If organisations such as the Red Cross and those associated with people who are mentally and physically challenged have found it necessary to appeal for volunteers to service their organisations how much more so it is necessary for sporting organisations to include strategies for attracting volunteers among their planning initiatives.
The efficient and effective execution of sport activities could be a useful way to improve voluntarism in St Vincent and the Grenadines. This is perhaps one of the best promotional mechanisms available to national sporting organisations to advertise voluntarism.
People are much more scientific in the way they do things in today’s world. They do not have time to waste. They are more concerned about being associated with activities that are well organised and administered. The more mature and professional person is not prepared to have his/her name associated with events that are late in getting started or organisations that seem incapable of establishing credible performance standards.
National sporting organisations need to ensure that their range of activities are consistent with the best practices in sport management if they are to attract more volunteers who are willing to remain with them over time.
There is a need for more support from the government if organisations are to benefit from voluntarism in the future. Governments have the most available resources in small societies like St Vincent and the Grenadines hence with appropriate government support national sporting organisations would be able to do more by way of developing their human resources. Volunteers are more favourably disposed to committing themselves to national sporting organisations if there is a sound relationship with the government of the day than if the opposite were the case.
We do need more sport solidarity. National sporting organisations must act decisively in respect of the number of them that are dormant, others that are conflict ridden and yet others that are badly managed.
Volunteers must be serviced and appropriately so. They must be asked to work reasonable hours and be provided with timely meals and refreshments consistent with normal life. Volunteers are not to be confused with martyrs.
Expectations of volunteers
The expectations of volunteers would have to be addressed.
In seeking out volunteers care must be taken to ensure that the truth is clearly enunciated about the organisation, especially its Vision, Mission and Objectives, all reflective of the core values of the institution. This must be undertaken at the very time of advertising for volunteers. These adverts must focus on the realities and not just on what may be seen as the most attractive aspects of voluntarism. Measures must be taken to guard against the inculcation of expectations among volunteers that are much too high and inconsistent with the capacity of the organisation to deliver.