In celebration of National Volunteers Week, the Coles Little Athletics Australia would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the many thousands of volunteers who contribute to our sport throughout the country.
Little Athletics is proud to have some of the most passionate and committed volunteers who dedicate many hours a week to ensure athletes get to experience the sport they love.
This week we reach out and say thank you to all volunteers whether they are raking the long jump pit, volunteering in the canteen, officiating, getting athletes ready for their events or attending a committee meeting among many other thankless tasks.
We should be celebrating volunteers every day however we urge everyone this week to make an extra effort and say thank you to a volunteer.
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Unlike volunteering generally, sport volunteering and particularly club sport volunteering, is strongly skewed to families.
Some 77 per cent of club sport volunteers are aged between 35-54 years, compared to 30 per cent of volunteers outside of sport.
The types of roles sport volunteers fill include: general support (55 per cent); fundraising (45 per cent); scorer or timekeeper (37 per cent); canteen/ bar duties (35 per cent); being a committee member or administrator (31 per cent); being a coach, instructor or teacher (28 per cent); or being a referee (22 per cent).
Seasonal club sport volunteering is most common (58 per cent, but almost one in four (24 per cent) volunteer in club sport all year round.
Club sport volunteers spend some significant time volunteering with half (52 per cent) of weekly club sport volunteers giving more than 10 hours a week.