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Sport England staff are set to volunteer at the upcoming 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games finals which will take place in Manchester from September 4-7 and see around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young athletes of school age compete across 12 Olympic and Paralympic sports.
The Sainsbury's School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides our elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport.
The event itself is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and each year, staff at the agency are given the opportunity to support the multi-sport competition by signing up to become official volunteers.
By volunteering, they are able to play a major part in staging the event with roles including Team Attache, Sports Specific Volunteers, Media Roles, Public Service Assistant Roles and Athletes’ Village Assistants.
These roles can involve providing high quality and administrative support to the management team to assist Team Managers, acting as a liaison between the teams and organising bodies right through to supporting with accreditation and ticket control.
For the 2013 Sainsbury’s School Games in Sheffield, Sport England provided 15 volunteers, with their feedback being overwhelmingly positive.
"I jumped at the chance to do it as I was new in post so thought it’d be a good opportunity to experience ‘life as a volunteer’ as opposed to a volunteering policy maker,” explained one of the Sport England volunteers.
"It was hard work but good fun!
"In terms of my role at Sport England, the experience was incredibly educational.
"The young volunteers came to me with any problems or questions they were having regarding the organisation of the event.
"Being a School Games Volunteer was a 'money can't buy' opportunity for me on so many levels and I'm really, really grateful that I had the chance to do it.”
For the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, Sport England are providing 16 volunteers.
Many of those set to help stage the event are excited.
"When the opportunity to volunteer for the School Games arose I decided that it would be a good development opportunity for me,” explained one of the Sport England volunteers for Manchester.
"Being office based but working to help get people involved in sport I felt that it would be beneficial to see this in a real life setting and give something back to the community.
"I’d also been inspired by the success of the 2012 Olympics as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and felt that I would be helping in some small way to inspire the medal winners of the future.
"Having previously been involved in sport at a competitive level and also coaching children of all ages this was something that I’m passionate about and being a multi-sport event offers variety as a volunteer and for the participants.”