Platinum Young Ambassador, Alice Gregory recently paid a visit to the 2017 School Games.
Here she shares more about her time there as a volunteer...
I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer alongside over 400 other volunteers, at the School Games National Finals 2017, which is a four day multi-sport event, organised by The Youth Sport Trust and hosted by Loughborough University. Over the years the Finals have also been hosted in Glasgow, Coventry, Bristol and Bath, Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland, Sheffield, London and Manchester.
There are endless roles available at the Finals from standing pitch side as a ball boy or girl during the hockey, being a team liaison to working with The Reporters Academy on the Young Media crew, creating a volunteer celebration film, which was the role I participated in.
My time at the Finals was amazing, every minute provided me with a new experience. I was able to create what I hope to be life long friends and contacts who I wish to work with in the future as well as develop my media skills. Not only this but I was able to watch and support my home Nation, Wales compete in a variety of sports which was great! From the Games I have now grown a keen interest for Volleyball, a sport I knew little about before the Games. It was also great to see all athletes demonstrating the 6 values of the School Games (determination, honesty, passion, respect, self belief and teamwork).
During the course of the Finals, 12 current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports were held: Athletics, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis and Girls Cricket (as a demonstration sport) as well as an opening ceremony to celebrate all athletes, volunteers, officials, organisers, sponsors and sport in general.
The closure of the 2017 Finals in Loughborough University brought the overall total of young athlete competitiors up to 19,200 since it began in 2006. Many of the Great Britains idols are no strangers to the School Games, Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft and Max Whitlock are only a few of the alumni who represented team GB. Also 56 out of the 382 athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics 2016 had previously competed at The School Games.
Next year Loughborough Univeristy will be the hosts yet again for the School Games, if you wish to volunteer and take advantage of this great experience then why not look at more information on the School Games website, until then, why not watch the 2017 School Games Volunteer Celebration Film to gain a sneak preview of what's to come!