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Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tomazos K.,199 Cathedral Street | Luke S.,199 Cathedral Street
Voluntas | Year: 2015

Using narrative inquiry, the purpose of this research is to explore volunteer involvement at a mega-sports event (MSE). It responds to a call for research to provide insight into the background of MSE volunteers (Baum and Lockstone, Int J Event Manag Res 3(1):29–41, 2007). This need reflects the limitations of past MSE volunteer studies that have at a large extent merely generated large lists of expectations and motivations through a predominantly survey-based approach. The context used for this study is the Frontrunner pre-event volunteer programme for the (Glasgow, Mission, vision and values, 2014) Commonwealth Games, and a narrative approach is applied allowing the volunteer experience to be considered from both the individual and group perspectives. The stories suggest that the individuals arrive at volunteering at (Glasgow, Mission, vision and values, 2014) as a result of a dynamic process informed by the pragmatist school of thought. The stories also highlight the underlying meaning of volunteers’ involvement through consideration of past lived experiences. © 2014, International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University.

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