Nineteen Long Road Sixth Form College students were the first in the region to take part in a nationwide sports volunteering initiative called Sports Makers, which was held at the college this week. The lottery-funded campaign is part of Sport England’s national strategy (Places People Play) to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers to organise and lead community sporting activities across the country.
Chris Bryden, Sports Development Manager at Long Road explains: “In order to sustain sport at any level in this country, volunteers are relied upon a huge amount. The Sports Makers programme is a fantastic new initiative designed to help find the next generation of sports volunteers whilst driving up participation in sport and we as a college are very privileged to have hosted the first workshop in the region.”
Living Sport, the county sport partnership responsible for the delivery of grassroots sport in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, started the workshop by briefing the students on the ethos behind the Sports Makers award. They also explained that each student needs to clock up 10 hours of volunteering to qualify for the award. To get the students off to a good start, they all received an Adidas t-shirt and drawstring bag.
Harrison Horton, one of the students who attended the workshop added, “I got a lot from the Sports Makers workshop. It showed me what as an individual I can do to get sport happening in my local community, and not just for young children but for adults too. I can’t wait for the opportunities which lie ahead of me.”
“Although the campaign is running until September 2013, we have asked our students to complete their hours by March 2012,” adds Chris. “This means that we’ll be able to enter our students into a national draw for Olympics tickets. More importantly, the skills that the students gain from this programme will stand them in good stead for whatever career path they choose to take in the future”.
Long Road Sixth Form College is no stranger to the 2012 Olympics. Lord Coe visited the college in May 2010 to celebrate the college’s Wheeling Towards London Paralympics event, and as a result Long Road was welcomed as a member of the Get Set Network.