Bristol Olympic and Paralympic Volunteers Needed!
There is STILL chance to get involved with a ‘once in a life-time’ opportunity and be part of the Bristol celebrations of London 2012! The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) is looking for volunteers to help at Bristol’s Olympic and Paralympic events.
Bristol has had major involvement in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bristol was one of the main cities on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route, it is hosting the Kenyan Olympic and Paralympic teams during their pre-Games training camp and is one of several Live Sites which will be showcasing all Olympic and Paralympic events. This provides a great opportunity for people in the West of England area to get involved with London 2012.
We are working together with Bristol City Council and Bristol Kenyan Partnership to recruit, train and manage volunteers from July through to September, for the following 2 events; Bristol Live Site showcasing Olympic and Paralympic events, and the Kenyan Paralympic training camp.
Bristol Live Site:
Bristol was selected as one of eight cities to host a Big Screen, known as a ‘Live Site’, situated in Millennium Square during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This site is managed by Bristol City Council in partnership with the BBC and LOCOG, with the aims of involving as many local residents as possible and promoting awareness of Olympic and Paralympic events.
Bristol Live Site requires volunteers between Wednesday 25th July and Sunday 9th September to help public gatherings enjoy watching a range of Olympic and Paralympic events, live from Millennium Square. The Live Site also gives volunteers a chance to work with sports deliverers to help the ‘come and try’ activity sessions, official London 2012 sponsors such as Cadbury’s and provide marshalling support to make the Bristol Live Site a great experience. Volunteer hours can be used to contribute to any existing young leadership programme, and volunteers will also have the opportunity to sign up to another Olympic legacy programme, Sport Makers.
Bristol Paralympic Training Camp:
The Kenyan Paralympic athletes will be based at the University of the West of England and South Gloucestershire and Stroud (formerly Filton) College, from Monday 20th August to 27th August 2012, prior to entering the Olympic Village in London. This gives volunteers a unique opportunity to experience working with potential Paralympic gold-medallists! Roles include setting up/down athletic track equipment, providing support to athletes, and marshalling the venue.
Hannah Davis, Bristol Olympic Programmes Volunteer Manager, said:
"It has been a pleasure working with so many enthusiastic volunteers leading up to and during the Kenyan Olympic training camp. The volunteers had a crucial role in supporting the athletes during their busy training schedule, and have made a huge contribution to making their stay in Bristol both welcoming and beneficial. I am very much looking forward to working together with more
volunteers to provide support for the Live Site and the Kenyan Paralympic athletes to make the most of their stay in Bristol.
I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up to this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity. Even if you are able to offer one evening of your time, your hard work will be greatly appreciated, and will contribute to the overall success of London 2012."
If you would like to be a volunteer at any of the above events, you can download an application form by Clicking Here or by visiting www.wesport.org.uk/bopv. Once completed, please return the form to Hannah2.Davis@uwe.ac.uk or post too:Hannah Davis Volunteer Manager, West of England Sport Trust c/o University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY