Sports say thank you to 1.9 million volunteers
10 March, London: 39 National Governing Body [NGB] Chief Executives have joined forces to launch the new NGB CEO Forum which will act as an independent voice to help influence and inform national and local policy on sport. The CEO Forum includes mass participation and spectator sports such as football, rugby, cycling and athletics, through to table tennis, handball and boccia, and includes Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic sport.
Adrian Christy, Chair of the CEO Forum and CEO of Badminton England said: “39 National Governing Bodies have come together for the first time to promote their significant role, reach and impact in helping to deliver sport in England. This impact is possible largely because of the amazing commitment, energy and passion of almost 2 million unsung sports volunteers, who, week in, week out, invest their time into creating and developing opportunities for thousands of people of all ages and abilities to take part in sport in local communities; they are a crucial part of the heartbeat of sport in this country and on behalf of the 39 Governing Bodies, we say a huge thank you.
“Over the past decade NGBs have been transformed with the injection of Government and National Lottery money and a much more professional and focused approach that has seen almost 1 million more people play sport at least once a week over the last decade. However, there is still a lack of awareness among the public, politicians and influencers in terms of the impact of our work and the fact that it links to much wider social and economic agendas.
The CEO Forum unveiled new research by Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre on the state of sport in England. The study, entitled ‘State of Play’, was led by Professor Simon Shibli and demonstrates the impact of the CEO Forum’s 39 NGBs in helping to deliver sport in England in 2014. ‘State of Play’ highlights include:
Over 1.8 million people belong to sports clubs [over 1 million more than the total membership of all UK political parties]
There are over 1.9 million NGB linked volunteers [more than the entire NHS workforce]
NGB linked volunteering was worth £4.9 billion
Almost 3 million sports competitions took place in England
Over 50,000 NGB affiliated clubs exist across England
9.3 million people did at least 30 minutes of sport every week [up by almost around 900,000 since 2005/06
317 major events were held in England
169 positions were held in international sports administration
Professor Simon Shibli, Head of Sheffield Hallam University Sport Industry Research Centre said: “Our research demonstrates the huge impact NGBs are making in the delivery of sport in England at community and elite level, and their growing influence in international sports administration. The fact that over one million more people belong to sports clubs than the combined total of all UK political party membership says much about how much sport matters to the wider population.
“It is also interesting to see the huge scale of sports volunteering in England with over 1.9 million NGB linked volunteers, which is greater than the entire NHS workforce. Their financial contribution was worth almost £5 billion in 2014 with sport being the second largest volunteer sector behind caring for family and friends.
“CEO Forum NGBs also helped to deliver almost three million sports competitions last year and an increasing number within schools, as well a growing number of British officials holding positions in international sports administration. Our research demonstrates the impact of NGBs in supporting some significant social and economic agendas crucial to whichever administration holds office at No 10 Downing Street from May.”
Adrian Christy added:
“With two months to go until the General Election, the CEO Forum is committed to working constructively with a new Government to ensure that the systems for elite and community sport deliver on their objectives. We also want to ensure that NGBs remain at the heart of the sports system and that NGB funding is maintained to enable us to build on the significant progress achieved over the last decade. In addition, we are calling for an overall vision for sport that aligns central and local Government with NGBs and stakeholders in the sporting landscape enabling a seamless system from school and community sport through to the podium.”
A PDF copy of ‘State of Play’ is available here. All research in ‘State of Play’ relates to the calendar year 2014 and reflects the contribution and impact of the 39 NGBs of the CEO Forum.
The 39 NGBs that make up the CEO Forum are:
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Bowls, Boxing, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Goalball, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Netball, Orienteers, Rounders, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Shooting, Snowsport, Squash & Racketball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water-Ski & Wakeboard, Weightlifting, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Wrestling
‘State of Play’ Report 2014 – Orienteering
British Orienteering also want to thank their many volunteers for making 2014 so successful! Thanks to them British Orienteering hit all of our major targets, recording increases in participation and membership as well as a successful year ‘in the forest’.
Orienteering has been fully involved in the work leading to the publication of the ‘State of Play’ Report 2014 a report which highlights the significant positive impact national governing bodies of sport play in underpinning the health of the nation.
Each headline statistic from ‘State of Play’ is underpinned by orienteering’s contribution.
In 2014 there were 10,328 members of British Orienteering a 3% rise since 2013. These members belonged to one or more of 109 UK wide clubs.
Orienteering exists as a sport due to the hard work of our volunteers who we thank greatly. Independent research conducted by Sport England (Active People Survey) showed that 17,345 people acted as orienteering volunteers during 2014. This showed a significant increase in the number of orienteering volunteers over the five year period highlighting a rise from 6,402 in 2009 the first Active People Survey, an increase of 171%. This increase is one of the great success stories of the last 5 years for orienteering.
The value of volunteering in orienteering was put at being worth £52,734,217 in 2014 by the formula accepted by government. This is quite staggering for a sport such as orienteering.
Orienteering organised 4,896 events and activities in 2014, an increase from 4,172 in 2009. The number of competitions staged in 2014 was 1,751.
There are 109 affiliated clubs within British Orienteering. These clubs are the umbrella clubs, which act to stage events often in large geographic areas, most county wide.
Many of these umbrella clubs, also act as more conventional clubs managing local delivery of Orienteering, directly or through satellite clubs.
It is challenging in a sport such as orienteering to compare participation in the way that Sport England, Government and many other sports measure participation. We know from the independent Active People Survey in England that at least 10,800 different individual people orienteered at least once for 30 minutes or more in the 28 day period prior to them completing the survey.
British Orienteering use ‘footfall’ or ‘participant runs’ to measure the participation rate in orienteering. Participant runs in 2014 were at least 392,548 showing a significant increase from 2010 when participant runs totaled 208,576 representing an increase over the last four years of 88%.
Increased participation in orienteering are, along with volunteering, the big stories for orienteering.
2015 is a big year for orienteering with the World Orienteering Championships being staged in Scotland in August. By the end of 2015 British Orienteering will have staged two major international championships and, on average, 3 world ranking events per year; impressive for what is seen as a ‘minor’ sport.
Members of British Orienteering held 5 positions in the international administration of orienteering. The Presidency of the International Orienteering Federation is currently held by Brian Porteous a longstanding member of British Orienteering. There is little doubt that British influence within the international administration of orienteering would be greater if more financial support were able to be made available to our very able volunteers.
Once again a big thank you to our volunteers for your invaluable contribution to the delivery and development of orienteering.
Item posted by Mike Hamilton