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mygames youth volunteering programme brings magic of the 2012 Games to aquatics

Young people across the country are being offered the chance of a lifetime, as the magic of the 2012 Olympics comes to town. The ASA is using the inspiration of the Olympic Games to encourage young disabled people to share their time and talents and make a positive difference in their community.

The ‘mygames’ programme, launched today, calls on young people to undertake exciting volunteering projects in the community that promote and celebrate the values of the 2012 Olympic Games. Values that include friendship, respect, excellence, equality and determination.

Yvette Heywood, UK Schools Competition Development Officer, commented: “We’re delighted to be launching the mygames programme, which will help disabled volunteers develop their skills, while making a meaningful difference to their community. The volunteers will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities including, officiating, announcing, commentating, IT management and stewarding.”

The programme is part of a unique collaboration of 20 innovative charities across England, who have come together to deliver mygames. The programme will turbo-boost the impact of the Olympics & Paralympics across England.

The programme is funded and powered by v, The National Young Volunteers Service. The ASA was chosen by v for its imaginative approach to working with young people, its fresh ideas and its commitment to embracing the opportunities created by 2012.

The nationwide mygames programme will provide wide-ranging volunteering opportunities for 10,000 young people. Projects will focus around the themes of Education, Culture, Environment, Health and Sport.

The organisers hope to tap into a recent survey on attitudes to 2012 which showed that a third of people in the UK say they would give up their time for an Olympic-inspired activity. Among young people, there was even greater enthusiasm, with 48 per cent saying they would give up their time, according to the DCMS survey.

Terry Ryall, v’s Chief Executive, says: “v is delighted to award The ASA this grant to support volunteering among 16-25s. We are committed to strengthening the role of young people in society. mygames is a fantastic way to harness the talents, energy and enthusiasm of a new generation of young people.” 

The ASA is currently recruiting young volunteers for the project – further information can be found by visiting the mygames section of the ASA website.

If you are 16-25 years old with a disability and interested in volunteering please register your interest by emailing volunteering@swimming.org.

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