Young Officials Pack the Poolside of Ponds Forge for the Sainsbury’s UK School Games
16 Sep 2011
2011 saw the Sainsbury’s UK School Games visit the sporting city of Sheffield for 4 days of thrilling athlete accomplishments.
With 1,600 athletes competing to take home a UK School Games bronze, silver or gold medal, or the esteemed UK School Games trophy in their sport, the competition was one not to be missed.
The Sainsbury’s UK School Games driven by the Youth Sport Trust has a vision not only to empower, motivate and provide athletes with an experience replicating that of the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. It seeks to ‘create opportunities for young people to become engaged in volunteering at major sporting events both as officials and volunteers’ which it undoubtedly achieves year in year out.
On poolside record numbers of Young Officials have always been unmistakable, with 2011 determined not to disappoint. With representative taking part from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 75% of Officials at the UK School Games were under the age of 25; with 30% being under the age of 18! Under the instruction, support and guidance of an experienced official’s team, each of these young individuals were provided with an opportunity to officiate at a National level event. Each young official’s knowledge and enthusiasm was carefully nourished over the course of the weekend causing confidence levels to soar.
Lily, aged 21, attended the UK School Games for the first time this year, “When I first got invited to officiate at the Games I did not know what to expect. Having officiated at previous swimming events, I can honestly say this weekend has inspired me to encourage more young people to get involved in officiating. Young officials from across the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all coming together to be a part of such a memorable weekend, it’s enough to inspire anyone to get involved. It provided me with an opportunity to make new friends, be a part of a great atmosphere and most importantly have fun!”
Officials must work together as a team to ensure that the rules are followed, safety is at its highest, and fairness is at the forefront of the competition, they are an integral part of running a swimming event. Without the team of individuals that give up their time for free the UK School Games could not have been such a success.
If you would like more information on how to become a technical official please explore the Young Officials Website. Alternatively click here (http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/swimming/officials/) to be directed to British Swimming Official information.
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