In accordance with the priorities of the call for proposals, EuroVolNet is a transnational project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, fiscal, educative and political aspects of voluntary activity in sport, faced notably by actors involved in the management and running of national level sport associations consisting of local sport structures.
The project is defined by its focus on:
a) the specifics of sport volunteering (acknowledging that voluntarism in other sectors may face similar challenges)
b) Voluntarism in local level, grass-root sport organizations (and not e.g. on voluntary board members on national level or on one-off voluntary contributions for large sport events)
c) action possibilities: Taking the frameworks that are already described in the Volunteering in the EU report as a starting point, the project will address what can actually be done by national level sport associations inside these frameworks. Though the project will also reach out to national and local governments to improve conditions and frameworks for sport volunteering, the ambition is to enhance action and trans-national learning within the existing frameworks.
Overall Objective is to establish a network that develops voluntary competence in sport organizations by fostering the exchange of best practices regarding aspects of voluntary activity in sport.
The project`s key objectives and activities are based upon the findings of the Volunteering in the EU Final Report.
This project will:
1. Promote volunteerism with a starting point in sport organizations.
2. Engage national and regional sport organizations from Europe in networking and best practice exchange with a view to qualifying existing and developing new initiatives.
3. Collect, document and valorize examples of innovative volunteer engagement, management and retention.
4. Identify and disseminate best practices of collected and documented examples of innovative volunteer engagement, management and retention.
5. Preparation of future actions in promotion of volunteerism.
EuroVolNet will have a lasting impact on promoting volunteerism in Europe by facilitating new initiatives and gaining commitments of partner organizations and beyond for future development and actions promoting volunteerism.
EuroVolNet will provide all European sport organizations (both project partners and extended activity beneficiaries) with learning opportunities and a valuable tool: the online voluntary services tutorial. The collection and documentation of innovative volunteer engagement, management and retention examples via project activities will provide content for and from the knowledge basis of the online tutorial.
EuroVolNet outreach will be on European, National and Local levels. On European level, the project will facilitate dialogue between stakeholders in volunteer promotion to enable stronger cooperation for future voluntary service offers, and a stronger external voice towards EU and political stakeholders for volunteerism in the grassroots sport sector. Stakeholders for this project include: CEV, EOC, EFCS, CSIT, TAFISA, ENGSO, and CESS. From related sectors, further stakeholders will be added.
On national and local levels, the project takes a starting point in national sport associations and targets their political leaders and organisational managers and volunteer managers, with a view to enhance learning, action and networking and cooperation on international level as well as with other sectors.