North Yorkshire School Games – An opportunity for local young volunteers
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:17
On Sunday 7th July 2019 60 young volunteers attended the North Yorkshire School Games County Finals at Queen Margaret's School, Escrick, York which is the culmination of a series of local inter-school competitions.
The games is a showcase event with over 500 young people competing in a range of sports competitions across the day. In addition to the competition the event provides a great opportunity for local youngsters to become involved as volunteers on the day.
Working closely with local schools and colleges North Yorkshire Sport identify and recruit young people who are keen to volunteer. Some may have volunteered previously but many have never been involved so it's something totally new for them to experience.
Roles on the day included welcome and arrival, signposting, officiating, scoring, media and general event support. Volunteers were given training prior to the event and many attended the York 'B' Team School Games Festival recently where they were given responsibility for running the competitions in preparation.
The positive impact we can make by helping individuals to realise their full potential through volunteering is great. It not only impacts on the participants they are supporting but also themselves in terms of what they gain from being involved.
Charlie who volunteered in a general event support role said "I just love the atmosphere of the event and really enjoy encouraging people to take part in sport. I enjoy volunteering and have lots of fun when I do"
Other volunteers said they took part because they liked to meet new people and try new things. When asked what they enjoyed about the day they said the atmosphere, being involved in something that felt special, making friends and seeing the participants smiling and enjoying themselves.
Anyone can volunteer and as our volunteers have expressed it can be very rewarding, but it is also a great way to gain new or use existing skills, get additional experience and be supported with training and development opportunities.
We hope that we can inspire more people to volunteer so that they provide benefit to other as well as themselves.
Do you already a volunteer? Why not let us know why you love volunteering! Tweet your "I love volunteering because..." selfie videos to @NorthYorksSport
Feeling inspired? Check out our volunteering page which has lots of information on how to get started - click here.