The event allowed existing and new volunteers to meet with others from across the county and participate in a number of Commonwealth Games themed activities as a celebration of the opening ceremony.
The event included a Street Games UK Commonwealth Activator Workshop, facepainting and a number of Commonwealth Games themed Activities and Competitions including; orienteering, handball, basketball, athletics and hockey.
For inspiration and insight into the volunteer programme; attendees also heard from Daniel Masser who recently won the title of National Volunteer of the Year.
Commenting on the day events Daniel said,
‘The volunteer day with Everybody Leisure has been great fun and the team building exercises have enabled us to get to know other volunteers from all of the areas the scheme operates. I especially enjoyed the street games pop up activator workshop.
‘During the summer I will be spending most of my time coaching so today has really got everyone in the spirit of getting out into the community and enjoying sporting activities.’
2013 proved to be a triumphant year for the Leisure Development Volunteer Programme. The initiative was awarded the Volunteer Project of the Year and received an “Excellent” rating from QUEST. The programme was also shortlisted for a Social Impact Award and named as the biggest sport and leisure related Volunteer Programme in the North West.
Charlie Maines, Volunteer Development Officer at Everybody Sport & Recreation wants to recreate this success into 2014/15 he commented,
‘We achieved great things in 2013 and events like Volunteer Day enable us to showcase and celebrate the volunteer programme.
‘We have welcomed new volunteers to the Everybody team who are already showing enthusiasm for sport and the skills they have learnt today can be used when working within our community.’
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Everybody Sport & Recreation – ‘Everybody’ is the new charitable trust established to run leisure services in the Cheshire East area. The trust aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates the 15 leisure facilities in the Cheshire East area as well as leisure development and outreach programmes.