1st Edition

International Sports Volunteering

Edited By Angela M. Benson, Nicholas Wise Copyright 2017
    276 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sport volunteering is becoming an increasingly popular motive for international travel. Many tourism organisations now advertise sport volunteering projects, with colleges and universities also offering students the opportunity to participate in similar projects abroad. This is the first book to bring together diverse and interdisciplinary insights into the development of the contemporary sport volunteering phenomenon. It addresses conceptual uncertainties and challenges emerging from the growing international sport volunteering market, and offers insight into its future directions, impact and sustainability.

    Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Part I examines volunteering in the context of international sporting events, while Part II evaluates volunteering initiatives related to sport development. Including case studies from Australia, Cameroon, Namibia, Norway, Russia, the UK, the US and Zambia, this substantial volume provides a truly international perspective on the changing roles of sport volunteering.

    Showcasing the latest research from across the globe, International Sports Volunteering is a valuable resource for any course on sport studies, sport event management, sport development, sport tourism, sport geography, the sociology of sport or leisure studies.

    Introduction: Directions and Insight in International Sport Volunteering Research

    [Angela M Benson and Nicholas Wise]

    Part I: International Sport Volunteering at Sporting Events

    1. Co-creation in Events: Values of Volunteers and Volunteer Tourists at Iditarod in Alaska and the Finnmark Race in Norway
    2. [Kari Jaeger and Line Mathisen]

    3. Creativity-Based Volunteering at the Winter Olympics in Sochi: Beyond Sport and Borders
    4. [Valery Gordin and Irina Borovskaia]

    5. Living Abroad and Volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
    6. [Nicholas Wise]

    7. The Transgressive Potential of Volunteering: Issues and Legacies at the 2014 Cleveland/Akron Gay Games
    8. [Nigel Jarvis]

    9. Pull Factors for Perth: Developing an International Golf Volunteer Engagement Strategy (iGoVolES)
    10. [Alfred Ogle and David Lamb]

    11. Indirect Volunteers and Application of the Volunteer Cube: A Framework for International Sport Volunteering?
    12. [Berit Skirstad and Elsa Kristiansen]

      Part II: International Sport Volunteering and Sport and Development

    13. International Development Through Excellence and Leadership in Sport (IDEALS): The Namibia and Liverpool John Moores University Programme
    14. [Tom Fletcher and Danny Cullinane]

    15. International Sport Volunteering and Social Legacy: Impact, Development and Health Improvement in Lusaka, Zambia
    16. [Fiona Reid and Jenny Tattersall]

    17. Learning about Sport for Development and Peace Through International Volunteers
    18. [Mike Bartle and Peter Craig]

    19. The Motives and Social Capital Gains of Sport for Development and Peace Volunteers in Cameroon: A Comparative Analysis of International and National Volunteers
    20. [Joanne Clarke and Paul Salisbury]

    21. The Role of ISV in International Volunteer Tourism Programmes

    [Angela M Benson]

    Concluding Comments and Future Directions in International Sport Volunteering Research

    [Nicholas Wise and Angela M Benson]


    Angela M. Benson is a Principle Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. She is the Founding Chair of the Volunteer Tourism Research Group on behalf of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS); Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of Canberra, Australia; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Angela has recently been appointed by the International Standards Office (ISO) as the convener for the International Volunteer Tourism Standard that is currently being developed. She has published widely in the areas of volunteering, sustainability and research methods

    Nicholas Wise is a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His research interests traverse the subjects of sport, events and tourism, and human geography. Originally from Pennsylvania, Nicholas has been a sports volunteer in several countries, including Australia, the Dominican Republic and Scotland. He is a member of the Regional Studies Association and has served as co-secretary of the Sports Volunteering Research Network. Nicholas has published widely across several disciplines. His work has appeared in academic journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and encyclopaedias and he recently co-edited books on sport and interdisciplinary perspectives