Training of Vancouver 2010 volunteers: a legacy opportunity?

Angela Benson, T.J. Dickson, F.A. Terwiel, D.A. Blackman

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The successful delivery of a mega-sport event depends upon a volunteer workforce. It is often asserted that the training of event volunteers contributes to the creation of a social legacy via the transfer of learning to other volunteer contexts; thereby creating an enhanced volunteer pool after the event that will support the tourism and events industries in the host communities. This article reflects upon the reality of that assertion and argues that in order to achieve legacy both training and development strategies are required. As such an analysis of data collected at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games around training and legacy is discussed. A Legacy Training and Development Model is offered and subsequently, applied to the case study. The article concludes by suggesting that training at Vancouver 2010 was a missed opportunity in achieving legacy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-226
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Social Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2013

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary Social Science on 26/09/2013, available online:


  • training
  • volunteers
  • legacy
  • mega sport events
  • Vancouver 2010


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