Individual and contextual determinants of stable volunteering in sport clubs

Schlesinger, Torsten; Nagel, Siegfried (2018). Individual and contextual determinants of stable volunteering in sport clubs. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(1), pp. 101-121. Sage 10.1177/1012690216638544

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This article addresses factors that influence voluntary sport club (VSC) members’ loyalty to voluntary engagement. The question asked is an issue of VSC volunteers’ commitment whether they decide to quit or continue their engagement. A multilevel approach was used that considered both individual characteristics of volunteers and corresponding contextual features of VSCs to analyse members’ voluntary commitment. Different multilevel models were estimated in a sample of 477 volunteers in 26 Swiss and German VSCs. Results indicated that members’ stable voluntary activity is not just an outcome of individual characteristics such as having children belonging to the club, strong identification with their club, positively perceived (collective) solidarity and job satisfaction. In addition to these factors, the findings confirm the significance of the contextual level. Stable volunteering appears to be more probable in rural VSCs and clubs that value conviviality. Surprisingly, the results reveal that specific measures to promote volunteering have no significant effect on voluntary commitment in VSCs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science III

UniBE Contributor:

Schlesinger, Torsten and Nagel, Siegfried

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1012-6902

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fabiola Friolet

Date Deposited:

15 Dec 2016 13:41

Last Modified:

17 Aug 2018 08:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1012690216638544

Uncontrolled Keywords:

contextual features; multilevel analysis; social action; voluntary commitment; voluntary sport clubs

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.91244

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/91244

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