Members of the project team ‘Economic dimension of volunteering in sport’ have shared the fate of the world when it comes to work difficulties related to the restriction imposed by governments as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst the world health crisis, they made progress in the production of the methodology for monetizing the voluntary work in sport. Two lead researchers – Guenther Grohall (SpEA) and Themis Kokolakakis (SHU) – are leading their teams towards the completion of tasks before they can apply it in pilot research with the aim to enable a harmonization of statistics related to the economic value of volunteering in sport in Europe.
Methodology includes estimating a direct economic value of sport volunteering based on the number of hours volunteered and investigating the relationship between volunteering in sport and wellbeing economics. Following the completion of the methodology, researcher will be conducted in 8 EU Member States: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Methodology and research findings will become part of the study on the economic dimension of volunteering in sport, which will be publicised to make the methodology available to all actors in Europe.