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Volunteer recruitment and retention

Too many sports clubs and providers are relying on the same people to do too much and are therefore putting too much pressure on too few people.  At the same time, very few make any concerted efforts to assess what skills they require and how to make themselves attractive to skilled and dedicated volunteers who can make a real difference. Hence, why the myth ‘you can’t get volunteers these days’ becomes the accepted truism.

But the good news is that we also experience many well-run bodies with a good structure, innovation, communication and motivation in place successfully recruiting and retaining skilled and passionate volunteers.

Acticles and blogs

Observations, reflections and advice on a wide range of issues facing community sport and physical activity


Inspiring case-studies and suggestions based on inspiration from community sports providers from across the world

Event Reports

SMN’s ‘hot topics’ conferences and study tours cover specific topics of key relevance to providers of community sport and physical activity


The Grow Your Club guide – inspiring case-studies and easy-to-use templates and tools to help you grow your club

Videos and Webinars series

SMN has delivered many webinars and videos on a wide range of issues within community sport and you can now watch them all here

Some tips and ideas

Almost on a daily basis we come across some brilliant ideas and initiatives, often coming from the grassroots – we are sharing them here

Links to the other categories