UWE hosts 'Destination London, Be Inspired and Get Involved'

Issue date: 29 September 2010

West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) Would-be volunteers from the West of England can find out about volunteering opportunities at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Wednesday 6 October at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The event, called 'Destination London, Be Inspired and Get Involved' is organised by the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) in partnership with Team West of England.

Volunteers will learn skills that they can then take to other local and international sporting events being held over the forthcoming 'Golden Decade' of British Sport. The application process is now open and potential volunteers have until 27 October to apply.

The event takes place at 19.00 -21.00 on Wednesday 6 October and throughout the evening organisations including Wesport, Volunteer Centre and Young Bristol will share information on volunteering opportunities, both locally and nationally, including events such as the London 2012 Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Those attending will hear about the skills and experience they need to become a volunteer and how local organisations can support them by helping with opportunities and training.

They will have the opportunity to complete a London 2012 Volunteer application in a dedicated PC Lab supported by experienced staff who can help make their application stand out in what will be a huge crowd of applicants. The Destination London event has been granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Destination London is looking to encourage and support volunteers to increase their skills and volunteering opportunities locally and improve their chances of being a volunteer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said, “Destination London is encouraging individuals in the West of England to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as the Wesport network we are delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in volunteering.”

The evening will also see the launch of a new exciting training programme, in partnership with Filton College, which will be accessible to volunteers from across the West of England, being run from autumn 2010 through to summer 2011.

Organiser Richard Barrington of Wesport said, “Currently the application process to become a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics is open - it closes on 27 October but interviews will take place throughout 2011 so there is plenty of time to bolster your application with training and local experience and this is where Wesport is ready to help.”

For further information or to confirm attendance at the event, please contact the Wesport office on 0117 32 86250 or e-mail


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