Athens, 2 October 2023 - The House of Sport Volunteers, a flagship global initiative that connects skilled volunteers with receiving organisations, such as events’ organisers, sport organisations, NGOs, foundations, and other strategic partners from sport and beyond, was officially launched, marking a significant milestone in promoting volunteering in sport.
The launch took place through a virtual kick-off meeting, bringing together experts from a range of institutions, international organizations, NGOs, representatives from the world of sport, grassroots initiatives, and academia.
This ground-breaking initiative provides a platform that aims to support sport volunteerism and the promotion of its educational and societal values across communities, by connecting and supporting volunteers in sporting events of any size and sport-based projects, providing a global database of Sport Volunteers’ profiles, volunteering opportunities, and a unique offer of training, educational programmes, certification of skills and competencies.
Shaped across three years of research and testing implemented thanks to the support of the European Union, The House is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other United Nations frameworks like UNESCO Fit for Life.
The House is an open-ended and voluntary initiative; individuals and organisations can easily join The House and have access to opportunities through its dedicated digital platform www.houseofvolunteers.com
Save the Dream CEO Massimiliano Montanari, said, “The House of Sport Volunteers represents a full recognition of the importance of volunteering as an essential element of sport, at all levels, and as a tool to empower youth, promote their mobility and future employability.
We feel proud of being one of the pioneers of this “LinkedIn” for sport volunteerism and for the benefits it will create to its users, particularly the organisations who will benefit from the support of our volunteers and the volunteers themselves.”
Currently, the open-ended group of the members of the House comprises Save the Dream, International Olympic Truce Centre, European Multiclub Sport Association, CIFAL MÁLAGA, Sportanddev, FARE Network, Sport at the Service of Humanity, European Observatoire of Sport and Employment, Italian National Olympic Committee, International School Sport Federation, European School Sport Federation, World Boxing Council, World Ethnosport Confederation, Fundação do Desporto, Olympiacos F.C., HAŠK Mladost F.C., Dragones de Lavapies F.C., Portuguese Swimming Federation, Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace, Sport4Impact, Sport and Citizenship, You Energy Volley, Centro Sportivo Italiano, Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, European Football for Development Network, Qatar Youth, Power La Fondazione Sportcity, garagErasmus Foundation, and Somali Women Foundation.
Among the members are also the Integrated Community Development Initiative, Odyssey Sports Volunteering Association, Goleadoras, Generation Amazing Foundation, International Peace Group, Katowice Internationals Foundation, European Platform for Sport Innovation, FanniRaghmanAnni, Agenţia Metropolitană Brașov, Local Youth Corner Cameroon, Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado, Youth for Peace and Development Uganda, and Youthorama.
The House also brought together a number of academic institutions including the University of the District of Columbia, the Georgetown University in Qatar, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, the University of Coimbra, University of Leeds, Universidad Andrés Bello, George Washington University, Canterbury Christ Church University,and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.