Volunteer sport coaches as community assets


Principal Investigator: Dr Mark Griffiths (University of Birmingham)
Co-investigators: Prof Kathleen Armour (University of Birmingham)
Duration: 2011

Community-based sport is an extensive social enterprise run, almost in its entirety, by volunteer sports coaches. A number of recent studies have suggested that participation in community sport has the potential to deliver a wide range of individual and social benefits. It is in this context that volunteer sports coaches might be viewed as valuable ‘community assets’.
The aim of this project was to conduct a review of the international evidence base on the role of sports coaching, particularly volunteer sports coaches, in the community.
Key words: volunteer sports coaches, community sport, benefits of sport