Volunteers

Find out how you can volunteer at the 2020 School Games.

For us to successfully deliver the event we need around 300 volunteers, who will act as representatives for the event, so we are looking for friendly, outgoing and reliable volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles.

It is through this event we aim to reward and recognise a diverse workforce of skilled, trained and enthusiastic volunteers and inspire them to continue their volunteering journey beyond this event.

For the majority of roles, no specific experience is required, as training (including safeguarding training) and briefings will take place prior to the event to ensure that you are fully prepared for your role and responsibilities, you will also be required to complete the relevant checks. We will be recruiting both school groups, offering a residential opportunity for 8 young people along with two staff, in addition to non-residential individual volunteering opportunities.

For some roles, it will be beneficial, but not essential, to have knowledge of the University campus, have experience of working with young people in a sports based setting, have good communication and listening skills, be able to follow instructions and be able to work on your own initiative, as well as work effectively as a team.

As a volunteer you will receive School Games branded event kit and a packed lunch during your shifts.

Individual Volunteers

Recruitment is open to volunteer as an individual at the School Games National Finals 2020. 

If you would like more information on the individual volunteer roles available, click here

Please note:

  • You must be 16 or over to volunteer at the Games as an individual volunteer. For School Group volunteers please see the section below.  
  • We will require a few volunteers during the weekend / days leading up to the start of the Games to carry out duties including general venue set up, bag packing and general administration tasks in preparation for the event.
  • If you indicate on your registration form that you are interested in a particular role, we cannot guarantee that you will be given this role, however, we will do our utmost to put you into a similar role.
  • When completing the information on your availability to volunteer, can you please ensure that where possible, that you are actually available at that time, and willing to volunteer at that time. We are aware situations do change, so will look to accommodate any changes if required.

Volunteers must be available for a minimum of 3 shifts throughout the Games but if you can do more that would be great so please indicate this on your application.  

School/SGO/LOC Groups

We are seeking applications from 12 School/School Games Organiser/Local Organising Committee groups comprising of eight young people aged 14 to 17 (young people must be no younger than 14 or older than 17 on or after the 6th September) and two members of staff to volunteer at the 2020 School Games National Finals.

Applications will only be accepted from the above groups who can commit to their WHOLE group including the members of staff being available from Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th September 2020 inclusive.

YST is only able to provide overnight/residential accommodation to 7 groups. Please indicate on the application whether or not overnight accommodation is required and whether or not you still wish to apply if we are not able to provide this.

Only one application per school, SGO or LOC will be accepted. Please note that more than one school can apply in an SGO or LOC area. Please ensure you download and read the full guidance document before applying. 

Please note that:

  • 7 Schools will be selected for a fully paid residential volunteering opportunity. Accommodation and food are all paid for, Young People are expected to make their own way to Loughborough with 2 supporting staff.
  • 5 Schools will be selected for a non-residential volunteering opportunity. Local school groups would not be required to volunteer for the entire 4 days, you would work to an agreed rota.
  • The Youth Sport Trust will be responsible for the duty of care of Young Volunteers for the duration of the residential volunteering experience. All will be expected to follow the YST’s Code of Conduct.

Schools/SGOs/LOCs from within Leicestershire and Rutland can either express an interest through this process or to Liam Drake l.drake@lrsport.org directly.

The closing date for school/SGO/LOC groups only is 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for this volunteering opportunity. The applications received will be assessed by the YST.