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  • Ramón Llopis-GoigEmail author
  • María P. García-Alcober
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Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)

Abstract

The volunteering boom that occurred in Spanish society in the 1990s was strongly associated with activities related to solidarity and altruism and did not contribute to increasing the social visibility of sports volunteering, even though the first sports clubs and associations were created in Spain at the end of the 19th century. This situation has changed in the past 15 years due to the growth in the number of initiatives that look at sports for social purposes, as well as the proliferation of large popular sports events and competitions whose organization requires the mass participation of sports volunteers. Coinciding with this evolution, the recently passed Volunteer Law 45/2015 proposes a broader vision of volunteering – that no longer views altruism as its main motivation – and explicitly refers to the sports volunteering phenomenon at the same time that it points out its benefits for society in terms of citizen cohesion, the community dimension of sports practice, social inclusion, and associative life.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramón Llopis-Goig
    • 1
    Email author
  • María P. García-Alcober
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Valencia (Spain)ValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Spain)ValenciaSpain

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