The Volunteering in the EU Final Report and White Paper on Sport both confirm the mutually beneficial
relation between sport and volunteerism. EuroVolNet will provide a necessary platform for improving the conditions of volunteerism in grass-root sport. The conditions to be elaborated include legal, fiscal, educational and political.
The EuroVolNet partner group is transnational and represents regions and countries with different models and varied levels of volunteer engagement. The project partners will form a sustained network of actors involved in the management and running of voluntary based sport associations.
This trans-national project uses the priorities of the White Paper on Sport as the basis of action. Project partners have varied experiences in engaging, managing and retaining volunteers at all levels in their organizations. This project will enable networking and sharing of best practices in a structured setting.
Best practices will center around the following dimensions:
• Definition of Volunteering
• Education and recognition of volunteering
• Legal Framework of Volunteering
• (Economical, social) Value of Volunteering
• Volunteering management
• New ways of funding
Project partners will be networked via project activities that encourage exchange of best practice and facilitation of action planning for future development. They have been designed to meet the identified needs of the partner organizations and to fit with project timeframe and financial conditions.
The project activities will be:
• Thematic seminars (2) – fully facilitated multilateral exchanges with specific thematic focus and expert input
• Workshop (1) – space for pragmatic development of plans of action i.e. volunteer services plan: from inception to culmination. To the project activities will be added the project documentation and dissemination efforts, which will be supplemented by the consultation efforts of ISCA vis-a-vis each project partner.