The Federation of Irish Sport is delighted to be organising a research project, funded by Sports Ireland and is being conducted with the support researchers in University College Cork. The study has been approved by the UCC Social Research Ethics Committee.

Over 450,000 volunteers make sport happen each week in over 13,000 clubs nationwide. It is important to gain insights into the motivations and intentions of volunteers themselves to continue in their role, perceptions on succession and transition in volunteering roles in sport in Ireland, and the effect of the COVID pandemic on the work undertaken by volunteers and their intentions to continue volunteering. This study will also assess from an organisational perspective the level of engagement of volunteers in Irish sport, the extent to which there are transition and succession processes in place to ensure sustainable volunteering, the barriers to recruitment and retention of volunteers, and the effect of the COVID pandemic on volunteering.

Participation in the study is voluntary and all data gathered is fully anonymous and confidential. 

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