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Communities engaging with 2012 Issue 4

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Be part of the 2012 Sports Volunteering Legacy now!!

In this edition of ‘Achieving Gold Standard; communities engaging with 2012’ RAWM is focussing on how the voluntary sector and the public can engage with and in sport and the respective governing bodies. We are also including information about volunteering opportunities for young people.

Government through Sport England together with sport National Governing Bodies (NGBs) is working hard to get more people taking part in regular sport and exercise. NGBs are actively seeking to develop participation levels in clubs and groups across England for their particular sport, this gives the voluntary sector a superb opportunity to engage with and develop new sporting partnerships.

Get your organisation involved in Sport for 2012

Here are some of the opportunities that NGBs are offering, so why not get your organisation inspired, involved and more active.

Football – Just Play

At the heart of the FA’s Mars sponsored campaign are Just Play! Kickabouts – a new, informal and fun way to get back into football. A new website launches this week to help adults find football in their area whether 11 a side, five-a-side or a new Just Play! Kickabout. Those interested in this new format of the game can book themselves onto a kickabout in their area through the website by visiting The FA Mars Just Play website.

Cycling - Breeze

The Breeze network is British Cycling’s new national network of bike rides for women. Supported by Sport England lottery funding, Breeze will deliver tens of thousands of cycling opportunities for women across England.

These fun, recreational group bike rides will be led by women for women. The Breeze network empowers women to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting legacy. Over the next three years British Cycling will train over 1,000 women to become local Breeze champions with a Ride Leader qualification. This will result in over 80,000 women cycling.

The Breeze network is also running a free training course for volunteers on Saturday 22nd October in the West Midlands.

If you are interested or know someone who wants to find out more, then please visit or get in touch via

If you want to link your projects or service users to more general cycling opportunities, competitions or clubs – then your regional contact is Keith Evans -

Badminton – No Strings

Badminton England have their ‘No Strings’ programme which is all about getting involved in casual Badminton close to home at a time that suits you, but without getting too competitive. Badminton’s a great sport for beginners as well as the more active – to find out how you can link your users or group – visit

Netball - Back to Netball

England Netball's Back to Netball provides a gentle introduction to the sport for female players over sixteen years of age. Sessions are coach led and cover basic skill development and court play. The emphasis of these sessions is on learning new skills and having fun playing Netball with friends. Whether it is about rediscovering sporting abilities you forgot you had or about getting active again, these sessions cater for all abilities. Get fit, have fun and make friends through Back to Netball.

Find out more here -

Canoeing - Go Canoeing - Something a bit different

From April to October some Canoe England Clubs and Centres will be running Go Canoeing Days. These taster sessions are ideal for absolute beginners- you do not need any experience, kit or special skills and it is suitable for everyone from 8 years old to 80 years old! To find out more click here – it might be worth exploring this for next year?

But these are just to whet your appetite – there are plenty of different sports to link your project, organisation or users with – visit Sport England’s website and get stuck in for the most magical sporting year of them all.

Get young people involved in Sport for 2012

Becoming a volunteer in sport has never been easier with the launch of Sport England’s SportMakers programme, all interested individuals need do is visit and sign up. Each local area’s County Sports Partnership is resourced to support new sports volunteers and link them to local opportunities to support sport.

The RAWM 2012 Sport Volunteering project is supporting the CSPs to link the programme to local volunteering infrastructure, in particular, Volunteer Centres. If you want to know how to link your organisation to the programme – and perhaps offer a sports volunteering opportunity – visit to find your local CSP contact.

Specific Sports are also offering their own tailored SportMakers programmes – for example Volleyball England see SportMakers as a great way to grow their sport and are offering opportunities for not just coaches, but officials, administrators, stewards and marshalls through their own programme. To get into Volleyball and to find out about Opportunities in your area contact Ilona Berry - or 01509 227713

Young GamesMakers

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Applications are open for the London 2012 Young Games Maker programme!

LOCOG are proud to offer more than 2,000 opportunities for 16-18 year olds to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We’re looking for recognised organisations such as youth or sports clubs and community and volunteering groups, as well as Get Set Network schools and colleges, to put forward over 250 teams of young volunteers to help us fulfill vital roles and help make the Games happen.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to get involved in the greatest show on earth – while learning new skills, gaining experience and making new friends.

Please read all the information in this section before deciding whether to apply. The Have you got what it takes page is a good place to start. Find out more about these opportunities on the teams and roles page.

Recruitment for these roles began on the 25 July 2011 and the closing date is October 31st, 2011. For more information about these roles, please contact the Games Maker support centre on 0845 402 2012.

Volunteering for a local Olympics experience

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If you have a Coventry connection, then the city is looking for Coventry Ambassadors.

Coventry is looking for over 300 volunteers who will act as Ambassadors during the London 2012 Games who will be responsible for welcoming the world to the city of Coventry.

Ambassadors are to be the first port of call for anyone needing information and assistance about London 2012 events occurring in the city of Coventry.

All the information for the project can be found at as well as how to apply.

The criteria is that you must work, live, study or volunteer in Coventry so this is an opportunity for people right across the West Midlands who have a Coventry connection, not just for Coventry residents.