The role of local government in the provision of training for volunteer grassroots sports adminstrators in Australia
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This paper examines the potential for local government authorities (LGAs) to play a role in the delivery of training for volunteer grassroots sport administrators in Australia. A qualitative approach using focus groups of relevant local government representatives formed the foundation of the research design. The findings from these focus groups were supplemented with semi-structured, in-depth interviews (in person and by telephone) with the state local government coordinators and with additional urban and rural local government officers responsible for sport and recreation service provision. The research indicated that LGAs believed that the Australian Sport Commission's direct interface with LGAs should be limited and that it be left to the State Departments of Sport and Recreation to maintain a working relationship with LGAs on a day-to-day basis. However, local government recognises the importance of volunteer grassroots sport administrator training and believes it has a role to play in the following areas: • identifying local community needs • promoting the need for volunteer sport administration training among community clubs • facilitating volunteer sport administration courses. A conceptual model is put forward that identifies the major components of a system for the training of volunteer grassroots sport administrators and associated key issues.
Australian Journal on Volunteering
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