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Major Event Volunteer Fund

This Sport England fund focuses on supporting volunteering and ensuring that those who give their time to support major events can continue to gain from the benefits we know volunteering can provide.

Sport England wants to help national governing bodies, event hosts and other organisations make it easier and more attractive for volunteers to continue their volunteering experience in sport at a community level.

The Major Event Volunteer Fund is open to organisations who want to pilot ways to overcome the barriers deterring major event volunteers from transitioning to grassroots volunteering.

With 70% of grassroot organisations reporting a need for more volunteers, Sport England commissioned Goodform to research into major event volunteers to understand more about them and if there's an opportunity to support them to continue their volunteering in sport at a local level.

The research showed that despite really positive experiences, and with 35% of major event volunteers interested in doing more volunteering after the event, the reality is that only a small proportion go on to give their time at a local community level.

Sport England know that moving from a major event volunteering role to supporting sport in the local community is hard, and not for everyone.

Key eligibility criteria

However, insight from the research suggests that with increased awareness of local opportunities and a tailoring of these opportunities to the needs of those who may be interested, there's a cohort of major event volunteers who could be encouraged to get involved in grassroots volunteering, if the right support was in place.

Below you can read the full report from Goodform, or just the executive summary, as well as the Sport England guide to Developing a Major Event Legacy and Sport England's Investment Guide.

If you're interested in funding to support a major event volunteering legacy and meet the criteria laid out in Sport England's Investment Guide, please contact Sport England investment advisors to discuss your application idea on 0345 8508 508, or by emailing funding@sportengland.org, using 'Major Event Fund' in the subject line.

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Published
14.01.2020