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Wanted: Teams of Young Games Makers to make the Games happen!

9 Sep 2011

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced the start of the Young Games Maker (YGM) programme for 16-18 year olds, which will provide up to 2,000 volunteering opportunities for young people during the Games.

The programme will support LOCOG’s commitment to inspire young people to choose sport and leave a volunteering legacy. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young volunteers to be a part of the greatest show on earth whilst at the same time learning new skills, gaining experience and making new friends.

The programme will provide opportunities for 16 – 18 year olds to be involved across a number of sports including Swimming, Paralympic Swimming and Water Polo.  The first of these programmes to be launched is for Water Polo – Ball Retrievers.  Further opportunities for Swimming and Paralympic swimming will follow on the 22nd September 2011.

At this time LOCOG is inviting organisations affiliated to the ASA, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales who are able to provide a team of young volunteers (and team leaders) to apply for specialist roles specifically for Water Polo.

Each team will consist of a Team Leader (who will submit the application), Secondary Team Leader and four (4) Team Members. In total we are looking to recruit five (5) teams


LOCOG aims to recruit Young Games Makers and team leaders who will bring passion, enthusiasm and energy to the Games.

In addition teams must:
• comprise one Team Leader, one Secondary Team Leader and four (4) Team Members
• be registered members of the ASA, Scottish Swimming or Swim Wales
• be able to meet the time commitment for Games time and Test events
• be eligible to volunteer in the UK in accordance with UK immigration rules
• Young Games Makers must be at least 16 years old on 1 July 2012 and under 18 years old on 1 January 2012
• Team leaders must be aged 18 years old or over on 1 January 2012 and must undergo and pass an enhanced CRB check
• Team Leaders will be required to undergo an interview and attend safeguarding training.

Things to note

• Volunteers will be provided with refreshments during their shifts
• Each volunteer will be given a uniform to wear and keep as a souvenir of their experience and contribution to the event
• Organisations will need to provide their own transport for their team leaders and young volunteers to and from all applicable training, test events and events
• Team leaders/secondary team leaders will be responsible for ensuring the safety of their young volunteers at all times, including when travelling to and from the training, test event or event venue.
• Accommodation will not be provided.

Key dates for the Water Polo Young Games Maker recruitment process

Water Polo YGM team applications close 7 October 2011

Shortlisted Water Polo YGM team leaders notified 11 October 2011

Shortlisted Water Polo YGM team leaders to register and provide 14 October 2011 data to LOCOG via The Exchange (details of how to do this will be provided when notified of shortlisting)

Water Polo YGM team leaders interviews take place 27 & 28 October 2011 (Offers to successful candidates will follow soon after)

Successful YGM Team Leaders to provide YGM data to LOCOG 8 December 2011 via The Exchange

Water Polo YGM teams assist at London Water Polo International 3 – 6 May 2012
Teams will also be required to attend role specific training (1 day, date tbc)

Dates that apply to YGM teams across all sports:
Orientation training begins February 2012
Event leadership training begins March 2012
Venue training begins April 2012
Distribution of uniforms and accreditation passes begins Late April 2012

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering and can put a team together please complete the Application Form and email to waterpolo@london2012.com

Applications must be submitted by the Team Leader on behalf of the YGMs.

Closing date for applications Friday 7 October 2011.

Application Form to be completed and submitted by the Primary team leader by 7.10.11
Parent Consent Form to be completed by the parents/guardians of YGMs and submitted by the Primary team leader if successful at interview.
Team Leader & Secondary Team Leader job description
Team Members – Ball Retrievers job description

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