College Students Top of the Volunteering League
Dudley College finished top of this year's Youth Sport Trust 'Step into Sport' league table when it came to volunteering in the community. With over 4,440 hours of unpaid help and assistance clocked up by the college sports students over the last twelve months, they are the clear winners of the 2010-11 league table.
The students accrued this massive sum of volunteering time at range of sporting activities in the local community and local schools. These activities include coaching groups in primary and secondary schools, marshalling at numerous sporting games, running school holiday activity camps at the college for 5 to 12 year olds, officiating at BCS football trials and hosting and running the British College Sports West Midlands Athletics event to name just a few.
James Hill, studying a BTEC Diploma in Sport Level 3 explained the benefits he had gained from being involved with the community "One of the reasons I chose to study sports at Dudley College was the amount of experience you get outside of class. When we go out as volunteers into schools it's so rewarding to see what we've learnt put into practice, and the kids seem to really enjoy the activities we help out with."
Lowell Williams, Principal commented "Our pioneering sports staff and students have taken the Big Society approach and made it happen. With this success under their belt and all staff trained in the Flames Project they are moving on and working on an Olympic strategy for the college and local community to maintain sport as an everyday way of life.
"The students are a credit to the college and themselves. Their level of professionalism and enthusiasm has impacted on the well being and development of other young people across Dudley. This is much more than winning a trophy, this is about our young people making a really positive contribution to the community.
The Youth Sport Trust 'Step into Sport Volunteer Passport' is a national initiative that provides young people with the opportunity to log their volunteering hours online and be rewarded and recognised for this.