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Most sports club volunteers see no Olympic effect on volunteering, says survey

Poll of 2,300 by Pitchero, which helps amateur sports clubs build websites, also finds that 95 per cent of volunteers at community sports clubs are over 30

Olympic Games Makers: but did the games lead to more volunteering in general?
Olympic Games Makers: but did the games lead to more volunteering in general?

More than nine out of 10 people who volunteer for community sports clubs do not think that the Olympic Games have encouraged more people to volunteer, a survey has found.

A survey of 2,300 people who volunteer for community sports clubs, carried out in September by Pitchero, a company that helps amateur sports clubs build websites, found that 93 per cent of respondents felt the Olympic legacy had not helped to increase the number of members or volunteers at their club.

Ninety-five per cent of volunteers who took part in the survey were aged 30 and over; less than 2 per cent were aged between 16 and 21.

The survey found that the average amount of time respondents gave to their clubs was 6.7 hours a week. In a statement, Pitchero said that if this was scaled up to cover all UK clubs with an average of 24 volunteers each, the time that volunteers gave to community sports clubs would be worth £7.9bn a year, based on a minimum adult wage of £6.31 an hour.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive and founder of Pitchero, said the findings on the ages of volunteers should act as a wake-up call for the sporting community, showing that more needed to be done to encourage young people to volunteer for their local sports clubs.

"This statistic should ring a few alarm bells," he said. "If youngsters are not feeding into the volunteer network, how will sports clubs survive in the future?"

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