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Benefits of Volunteering in Sports: How Giving Back Transforms Lives, Including Yours

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Volunteering goes beyond giving back; it’s two-fold. Firstly as a catalyst for transformation and positive change within communities, and secondly (although just as importantly) it serves as an exceptionally positive and rewarding personal experience. And as a nation of sports lovers, volunteers are vital to the longevity, harmony and success of many of Australia’s sporting clubs and groups.  

According to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), sport volunteering is linked to a wide range of health, social, and community benefits, as attested by the estimated 2.9 million Australians who volunteer in sport annually. 

A passion for sport and a willingness to devote time are two key drivers for volunteers, but there are a wide range of benefits, from physical to emotional, that can be associated with this rewarding activity. Here are four key benefits to signing up at your local organisation:

  1. Let’s begin by looking at the physical and mental health benefits that come with volunteering in sport. Whether it’s coaching, organising events, or assisting with training, keeping active triggers the release of endorphins— the ‘feel-good’ brain chemicals that reduce stress and boost happiness. Beyond the physical activity itself, the sense of fulfilment derived from giving back, the connections and friendships formed with fellow volunteers, and the joy of witnessing the positive impact on others significantly improve mental well-being. Not to mention being part of a sport you’re passionate about!
  2. Volunteering also provides a platform for skill development and personal growth. Sports volunteers have the opportunity to develop leadership, confidence, and decision-making abilities. It can also enhance communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills thanks to collaboration with other people from similar, or diverse, backgrounds. These valuable skills contribute to personal growth and can positively impact various aspects of life. Sports volunteering also opens doors to valuable networking, connecting with like-minded individuals, sports professionals, and community leaders. For people with aspirations to become even more involved in the sports industry, volunteering can serve as a valuable stepping stone for career advancement.
  3. Volunteering in sports plays a vital role in building stronger and more inclusive communities. It creates opportunities for individuals from different backgrounds to come together, fostering a sense of belonging and togetherness. Through shared passion and dedication to sports, volunteers bridge gaps, break down barriers, and promote inclusivity and accessibility. The connections formed through sports volunteering often extend beyond the field, creating lifelong friendships and strong support networks.
  4. One of the most impactful aspects of sports volunteering is the positive influence on the lives of young individuals and the ability to create role models. Volunteers serve as sources of guidance, encouragement, and support. By instilling essential values such as teamwork, discipline, and respect, volunteers leave a lasting impact that can transcend through many aspects of someone’s life. This then cultivates resilient and motivated young athletes, shaping their character, building confidence, and setting them up for future success – and serve as a positive influence for the long term.


Volunteering in sports is a truly rewarding experience that brings about many transformational benefits. ASAPD proudly supports the Australian Sports Commission’s Volunteer Coalition Plan, encouraging people from all walks of life to see and realise the opportunities that are out there to contribute within the sporting community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the power of volunteering, by visiting Together, we can make a difference.