Volunteering abroad : motives for travel to volunteer at the Athens Olympic Games

Fairley, Sheranne, Kellett, Pamm and Green, Christine Β. 2007, Volunteering abroad : motives for travel to volunteer at the Athens Olympic Games, Journal of sport management, vol. 21, pp. 41-57.

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Title Volunteering abroad : motives for travel to volunteer at the Athens Olympic Games
Author(s) Fairley, Sheranne
Kellett, Pamm
Green, Christine Β.
Journal name Journal of sport management
Volume number 21
Start page 41
End page 57
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 0888-4773
1543-270X
Summary Volunteers have become essential to the delivery of sport events. Megaevents, such as the Olympic Games, rely on a large number of volunteers for the successful running of the event, some of whom travel to volunteer. This study investigates the motives of a group of people who volunteered at the Sydney Olympics as they prepared to travel to volunteer at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Four key motives were identified: (a) nostalgia, (b) camaraderie and friendship, (c) Olympic (i.e., subcultural) connection, and (d) sharing and recognition of expertise. The motives identified distinguish event volunteer tourists from other volunteer tourists and from other event volunteers. It is suggested that the recruitment, retention, and reacquisition of event volunteers will be served by understanding the motives and experiences of repeat event volunteers.
Language eng
Field of Research 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Human Kinetics, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007029

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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