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Youth Forum August 2011 - Open Water

Hello everyone. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Youth Forum. We’ve been planning and delivering team building activities for a group of young volunteers and attending the Open Water Championships in at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield.

On Saturday afternoon we met with the volunteers and led them in some team building games and exercises. The games we played at Carsington Water came in very handy and our icebreakers were a great success. We then visited the site of the event and helped the event staff by preparing the numbered swimming hats for the competitors ready for the following morning.

On Sunday it was an early start and straight to Rother Valley County Park. Luckily it turned out to be a very sunny day and the young volunteers were kept busy with a variety of jobs including decorating the area with balloons, keeping the competition area tidy, taking videos during the swim and giving out medals to the swimmers.

The Youth Forum was responsible for documenting the event itself and the experiences of the Young Volunteers. We interviewed a number of young volunteers and other event staff, took lots of pictures and videos and we set up our very own “Volunteer Diary Room” so that volunteers could come in and share their thoughts on the day.

Everyone enjoyed the weekend and the event ran very smoothly. The young volunteers’ contribution to the event was clearly appreciated and we all got some very positive feedback from the staff.


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