Euro Young Volunteers Gather in Birmingham

By on 19/03/2010 in News

Young people from across Europe who dedicate their spare time to helping
others get involved with sport,  will gather in Birmingham next week to meet
their international colleagues and learn more about each other’s work.

Fifty volunteers from Austria, Sweden, Germany and the UK, all aged
between 18 and 25, are to take part in 3-days of activities, workshops and
seminars designed to help them develop their skills while also making
sport even more accessible to people back in their home countries.

Staged at the University of Birmingham, the event is part of the UK’s
build up to London 2012, and was opened by Chair of the West Midlands
2012 Group, and former 5000m world record holder, David Moorcroft.

Key issues to be addressed at the event will include:

o Sharing good practice
o Developing leadership skills
o How European countries can take advantage of London 2012
o Resolving conflict and barriers to volunteering

Representatives from each country will also teach others about their
home nations and how sport works at grass roots level there, while pride
will be at stake during a special orienteering challenge around the
campus site.

The event is funded through the EU’s Europe for Citizens’ Programme and
has been organised by the University in partnership with Birmingham City

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture,
Birmingham City Council, said: “Never mind those who cross the line first
in the Olympics, if anyone deserves a medal it is these young people for
their selfless dedication to sport and making the world a fitter,
happier place.

“By running this event we hope that we are not only giving them a little
reward for there work to date, but also helping to spread the word of
their efforts and hopefully inspiring them to even greater things in the

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