‘Continue or terminate?’ Determinants of long-term volunteering in sports clubs

Schlesinger, Torsten; Egli, Benjamin; Nagel, Siegfried (2013). ‘Continue or terminate?’ Determinants of long-term volunteering in sports clubs. European Sport management quarterly, 13(1), pp. 32-53. London: Taylor & Francis 10.1080/16184742.2012.744766

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This study analyzed the determinants underlying sports club volunteers' tendencies to continue or terminate their long-term commitment to volunteering in order to help sports clubs improve their volunteer management. Their risk of terminating was viewed in terms of subjective expectations and evaluations (satisfaction) regarding club-related working conditions and normative commitments (solidarity) to the sports club. These relationships were tested empirically with an online questionnaire of 441 sports club volunteers in a selection of 45 Swiss sports clubs. Results showed that the constructs orientation toward collective solidarity and volunteer job satisfaction correlated positively with long-term volunteering commitment. The effect of the former was stronger than that of the latter. Volunteers with a higher orientation toward collective solidarity were unlikely to terminate their voluntary engagement in their club. The discussion presents recommendations to help clubs retain volunteers.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

UniBE Contributor:

Schlesinger, Torsten, Egli, Benjamin, Nagel, Siegfried


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Taylor & Francis




Siegfried Nagel

Date Deposited:

15 Jan 2014 09:27

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:26

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

volunteer; long-term commitment; sport club; job satisfaction





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