Valuing volunteers in sport and recreation
Nationally, community sport and recreation relies on 2.3 million
volunteers who contribute more than 180 million hours to running sport
and recreation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in WA during 2010 there were 235,000 sport and recreation volunteers. Volunteers that create and sustain these organisations make a vital contribution to the needs of the community.
Voluntary work is an enormous source of social capital and
contributes directly to the growth and development of social networks
and social cohesion within communities.
Volunteers also have a vital role to play in providing opportunities
for all Western Australians to have physically active lifestyles.