Voluntarism and National Sports Organisations (Part II)

Volunteers must be informed that voluntarism involves work in several different areas and that the organisation has the right to assess them for the respective areas of work in which the organisation is involved. They must also know that volunteers who are deemed unsuitable for the areas for which they have volu
nteered following appropriate screening would be offered alternative, more appropriate opportunities to volunteer. They must also be informed that the particular national sporting organisation, in its efforts to operate in a modern, fast-paced global environment, would apply in full the most relevant professional standards and strategies in its own best interest. This would necessitate ongoing evaluation of the performance of its volunteer corps.

A culture of training/ development
There is an urgent need to engage volunteers in more training exercises. Too often it is assumed that anyone can be a volunteer. That is not necessarily the case since volunteers are needed for specific tasks and for this they need to be appropriately trained. Training guarantees a certain knowledge base from which competence can result. The CWC2007 experience is serving to highlight this fact.
It is suggested therefore that national sporting organisations should more deliberately prepare volunteers for volunteering such that all can feel a sense of worth and hence develop loyalty to the organisation.
Volunteers may be trained in different capacities based on the particular development programmes with which the particular national sporting organisation wishes to engage itself. Training may be necessary for the volunteers in administration in its various aspects, technical aspects of sport and in a range of other areas that may not qualify to be of a leadership nature. Volunteers can be trained in event management, protocol, public relations, media relations, office management, and facilities and equipment management.
National sporting organisations in St Vincent and the Grenadines must therefore seek to develop a culture of sports at the national level. Sports must be seen as integral to life itself and to the maintenance of a harmonious society imbued with positive values and a strong sense of community. This must be underpinned by a culture of training for development fostered by a partnership among all stakeholders in society.
All volunteers and professionals in sport must be involved in ongoing training relative to their own capacity to meet the ever changing global challenges that impact it and therefore ensure that the institution is forever in sync with modern trends.