With less than a year before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin, young people from across the country are being given the opportunity to take part in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Suffolk County Council and The Young Games Maker programme are looking for over 2,000 young people, aged between 16 and 18 to make up 250 teams of volunteers – teams that will play a vital role in ensuring the Games’ successful delivery.
Enabling young people to experience a range of sport at the highest possible level and encouraging those who may not otherwise be involved in sport to participate and develop their skills, the Young Games Maker programme was created to inspire people to choose sport, as well as leaving a volunteering legacy.
It is an amazing opportunity for schools and colleges that are already members of the Get Set network, plus sports and youth clubs, volunteering and community groups to encourage teenagers to form a team. Ranging from two to 18 people, teams will have a team leader available for support and advice at every stage of selection, training and delivery for every 10 young people – teachers, coaches and youth group leaders can apply on behalf of their team.
Applications can be made between 22nd September and 31st October 2011.
“In Suffolk, much has been done to create a beneficial legacy for the county from the Games” explains Suffolk County Councillor Kathy Gosling, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Culture, Diversity, health and Wellbeing. “I am delighted that our young people will have a chance to play such an important role in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This is just one of the many positive things that are happening in our county inspired by the Games. Consequently, I would like to issue a rallying call to young people and organisation right across the county to make the most of this wonderful opportunity and submit applications. After all, it will be decades before the Olympics return to our shores!
If you are a school or college in Suffolk that would like to submit a team application, you will need to become a member of the Get Set network. Visit the Get Set website for more information about the Young Games Maker programme, which recognises and rewards schools and colleges for the work and effort they have made around the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
To find out more about the roles available skills required and the team application process, please visit the Young Games Maker website.
Applications will be accepted between 22nd September and 31st October 2011.