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THE SEARCH is on for over 2,000 young people from across the UK to take up volunteer roles vital to ensuring the successful delivery of the Games.

Approximately 250 teams of young people, who must be aged 16 or over on 1 July 2012 and under 18 on 1 January 2012 will join the adult Games Makers next summer to help stage the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Generalist applications are open for roles such as field of play assistants in the Olympic and Paralympic athletics competition where duties include carrying athletes' kit to and from the field of play and technology print distribution team members who will ensure athlete competition results are circulated to those that need them.

Generalist applications can now be made from September 2011 through the London 2012 website. Having spent the summer carefully considering the roles on offer and what is required, team leaders from organisations such as youth or sports clubs, community and volunteering groups along with schools and colleges who are part of the Get Set Network are invited to apply until midnight on 31 October 2011 by submitting an application for their team.

Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG, said: “We are looking for exactly the same qualities in our Young Games Makers as we are with our adult volunteers; they must be the very best team players ready to step forward and give their all to making the Games great.

“In return, these young people will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to play their part in delivering a world class event. The memories and experiences that they will take away with them will last a lifetime, as will the sense of pride and achievement and the friends they will make.

“As a result, I hope we inspire our Young Games Makers to volunteer or stay involved in sport long after the Games have finished.”

Applications are invited to be made by team leaders such as teachers, coaches and youth group leaders, on behalf of their team of young people.

Team sizes range from role to role and can vary between two and 18 young people, with a team leader on board for every 10 young people.


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