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150 young volunteers boost for Cumbria School Games

July 1, 2013

The organisers of this year’s Cumbria School Games have received a massive boost thanks to the recruitment of almost 150 young volunteers. The Multi Sport festival takes place on Thursday 4th July inCarlisle and to support this massive event a workforce of 190 people has been recruited, of this 144 are young people.

124 Young People have been recruited and trained in their districts to officiate at the event, all 9 sport competitions will be refereed, judged, scored, marked, measured and umpired by them. The local School Games Organisers recruited and trained the young people with funding provided by the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee and National Governing Body’s of sport.

Active Cumbria event manage the day itself and have also recruited 20 young people to be part of their team for the day, 11 from Lakes College West Cumbria and 9 from the pool of Apprentices at Cumbria County Council.

The Lakes College West Cumbria students have been involved in a number of activities with Active Cumbria throughout the year, including the Sport Makers programme and the Cumbria School Games Spring events held in March. They have all had a briefing from Active Cumbria about the event and on the day will be Sport Support Officers, placed at each of the competitions to ensure everything runs smoothly.  Their tasks involve leading the participants between their events and the ceremonies, collecting participant surveys, making sure teams are in the right place at the right time and tweeting what is happening from their competition.

The Cumbria County Council Apprentices were recruited via the Workforce Skills Manager.  They all attended an event briefing session which included a get to know the Active Cumbria team day, they have also helped with event preparation over the past week. On the day itself they are each going to be working alongside a member of the Active Cumbria team, covering all Event Management aspects, from supporting the VIPs, to site managing and organising ceremonies, they will also be tweeting about their experience on the day.

Becky Underwood, of the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee said;

“It is fantastic that we have so many enthusiastic young people being part of our county event.  As well as helping to ensure everything goes smoothly they will also bring a young, fresh vibrancy to the day, I hope they all enjoy themselves as much as we will enjoy having them play all these important roles.”

Helen Wright, School Games Organiser, Furness district said;

“The young leaders have been an integral part of the School Games delivery in Furness and none of the events would have been able to run without them. They have worked hard this year combining their studies with sports volunteering and will be part of a valuable workforce on July 4th.”

Marc Skillen, Tutor atLakesCollegesaid;

“The Cumbria School Games provides a perfect opportunity for our learners to put theory into practice and show off their skills as part of a real sports development initiative. By being part of the planning process, assisting with the running of the event and interacting with a diverse range of children, the learners gain a huge amount of experience and knowledge which can only increase their chances of employment in the future”.

Zoe Graham, student atLakesCollegeand joining the Cumbria School Games team said;

"I am really looking forward to being part of this fantastic event and working alongside a great team of people. This will be a great chance to learn new skills and have fun at the same time".

SophieShore, Business Support Apprentice at Cumbria County Council working in the Resources Directorate said;

"I jumped at the chance to volunteer for the Cumbria School Games to aid the smooth running of the event, develop upon my skills and fundamentally ensure the children have a fantastic day. It's always really enjoyable to meet up with some of the other apprentices also, where we can come together as a team to deliver a positive outcome."