Community sports clubs’ (CSCs) are small organisations managed and delivered almost entirely by volunteers, are based in a particular location and allow members to play a sport and meet socially. Volunteering in sport-related activity, and CSCs in particular, is one of the most significant areas of volunteering across Europe. This chapter describes how CSCs have adapted to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-depth interviews and surveys show that volunteers have been as committed as ever and continually innovated the way sport has been provided. Clubs are sustainable financially, assisted by grants. Membership has been slightly negatively impacted but the underlying demand for sports participation, and the social rewards of club membership, remains strong. Thus, the infrastructure of 72,000 volunteer-led sports clubs in England has continued to facilitate sports participation and volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the associated welfare benefits. The clubs meet the collective interests of their members, yet there has been no notable movement to meet broader social needs arising from the pandemic.
|Title of host publication||COVID-19 and the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK|
|Subtitle of host publication||Responses, Impacts and Adaptation|
|Editors||James Rees, Rob Macmillan, Chris Dayson, Chris Damm, Claire Bynner|
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781447365532, 9781447365525|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sep 2022|