Sports Makers is a new initiative developed by Sport England to encourage young people to volunteer and to help encourage participation in sport. The main aim is to try and get young people to put something back into their community through sporting activities.
East Norfolk Sixth Form College held a Sports Makers conference for 64 students to attend and train in how to organise volunteering opportunities. Stephen Hulme (Norfolk Sports Makers Project Leader) said that ‘this was by far the biggest take up by any college in Norfolk and reflects and enhances East Norfolk’s sporting reputation’.
The students were given advice and guidance on what activities would work best for the differing societal groups and given numerous ideas of what they could do for their community. As an incentive the students were told how to log their hours of volunteering on the Sports Makers website and that they would be rewarded for certain hourly milestones e.g. discounts in certain high street shops etc.
The East Norfolk students really enjoyed the conference and left highly motivated to undertake their sports related volunteering in their local communities.
Steve Mooney (Head of PE) said, ‘this was a fantastic event which was very well attended by our students – to host the largest sports makers conference in the county illustrate how good our students really are, not only at playing sport, but also in their willingness to volunteer and put something back into their respective communities’.