Voluntarism and National Sports Organisations (Part II)

Loyalty of volunteers (join the family)
Sport is known to bring people together, almost family-like, for the benefit of mankind and the creation of a peaceful and harmonious world. It is this family typology that seems critical for the future of voluntarism in national sporting organisations in St Vincent and the Grenadines. This is the crux of engendering loyalty among volunteers in sport and elsewhere.
For voluntarism to survive and develop in St Vincent and the Grenadines it does appear critical that sporting organisations seek to create a family atmosphere so that volunteers can once again be induced to join the family. Potential volunteers must be able to see the values of sport as sufficiently challenging and attractive to them that they would want to be part of it.
Finally, volunteers, once involved, must be made to see that there is a moral obligation to be part of an institution that commits itself to the development of a peaceful and harmonious society and world – the global family.
Creative measures would have to be adopted to facilitate the loyalty of volunteers and among these must be the entrenchment of a strong sense of family. While it has almost become normative for national sporting organisations to steer clear of providing cash incentives to volunteers, it must be understood that incentives are varied in nature and that the many options available to the institution must be explored. Volunteers must be made to feel that they are part of the organisation. Full involvement in decision-making lends itself to meeting this particular requirement.
Ongoing recognition of volunteers and ensuring they are remembered go a long way towards guaranteeing greater loyalty. There are many who know that money is not the only means of generating loyalty to an organisation. Indeed it may not guarantee loyalty at all. It is therefore important that volunteers in every sport are made to feel that when they come forward to serve the institution they are at home and that they are recognised as full members and not outside children drawn in for their physical and mental aptitudes without concern for them as whole persons.