Employer-supported volunteering

If your company has put corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the heart of what it does, then employer-supported volunteering can be a particularly rich and rewarding part of the CSR mix.

Volunteering opportunities in the physical activity and sport sector offer some really fantastic benefits. From strengthening communities by bringing people together and reducing anti-social behaviour, to supporting projects that build young people’s character and improve mental health, it’s about so much more than improving physical health.


Many companies and organisations choose to give up to 5 days annually for employees to volunteer during working hours (subject to work commitments) to help contribute to the wider community and also help them to develop skills. Staff can be released individually or in teams to support community organisations and charities.

MSP offers a range of information and services to support employer-supported volunteering that you can check out below.


Volunteering in the physical activity and sport sector isn’t just for the super fit!
Here are just some of the roles that we and others in our network recruit for, plus a rundown of some of the benefits of taking them on.

Volunteering roles

  • Official ‘cheerers’
  • Mascot costume-wearers
  • Coaches and activators
  • Marshals
  • VIP hosts
  • And many more

Benefits for employers  

  • Supports your CSR commitment
  • Redefines your company’s image
  • Builds teamwork and character among employees
  • Gives back at a local level
  • Improves employees’ physical and mental wellbeing
  • Improves employee retention

Benefits for employees

  • Boosts morale
  • Gives a sense of achievement
  • Offers the chance to meet new people and make new friends
  • Gives something back to the community
  • Boosts experience, confidence and skills
  • Improves physical and mental wellbeing

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