Rachel Enjoys UK Schools Games
Royal AC athlete Rachel Clews has just enjoyed herself as a volunteer at the
very first UK Schools Games as a volunteer to gain experience at a major
met lots of personalities such as Kelly Holmes, Gordon Brown and Cherie Blair
just to name a few of them.
her report on the week.....
In the first week of September 2006 I took off
to the City of Glasgow to be a part of the UK School games as an official
volunteer. Earlier in the year I attended a 4 day Youth Sport Trust
volunteering camp at Loughborough university, which is where I was selected to
attend a selection day in July where 30 volunteers were then given the
opportunity to attend a major sporting event which for me was the UK School
When I arrived at Glasgow central I was greeted
by a member of the Youth Sports Trust who was the organisers for the whole
event. From here I was taken to the Glasgow Crowne Plaza 4* hotel where I was
staying for the week. It was then that I realised that this trip was going to
be great because for starters some of the facilities at the hotel consisted of
a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, spa and lounge area. (Not bad
considering it was all paid for!!)
Later on that evening we were given free time
for which we used to get to know the other volunteers that we would be
spending the rest of the week with. From here the work then started as all
of the volunteers we given jobs to do which was mainly sorting out all of the
kit for the athletes competing in the games.
The next 2 days all of the volunteers went to 1
of the 2 venues where the games were taking place. We were all split up into
5 groups and chose a sport, athletics, table tennis, gymnastics, swimming or
fencing that we would help out at for the duration of the games. I was in the
athletics group which therefore meant that I would be at the Scotstoun Stadium
along with the table tennis and fencing volunteers. We were all given a tour
of the venues before starting work by getting all of the equipment out & set
up, and for some to go and dress the athleteís accommodation. In the evening
all of the volunteers had welfare training, which was so that we knew how to
deal with situations that may arise during the week.
When the athletes arrived on Thursday evening
all of the volunteers, event organisers, parents and athletes went to the
opening ceremony where there were spectacular performances from some of
Scotlandís best dancers and gymnasts. On the Friday evening all of the
athletes and volunteers had a social activity, which came as a surprise that
we were meeting Dame Kelly Holmes for a question and answer session.
Saturday and Sunday were the longest and most
hectic days of the week as the competition started! We were all given further
jobs and responsibilities within our sports; I had the opportunity to follow
round and attend one of the meetings of the main organiser of the athletics
(who is in the top 12 event managers for athletics in the country) so that I
could get an insight as to how much work and preparation goes into such a big
event like this. Other jobs which I was assigned were raking the long jump
pit, timing, medal ceremonies and checking for lane discipline and
On Sunday evening was the closing ceremony
followed by a party for all the athletes and volunteers drawing a close to the
whole Games as the athletes left the following day.
Throughout my experience at the UK School Games
I had many amazing opportunities of meeting new people all of which love
volunteering as much as I do, watching some of the best sporting talent across
the whole of the UK, having a TV interview and meeting the real sporting
talent themselves Dame Kelly Holmes, Ewan Thomas, Sir Steve Redgrave, Leon
Taylor, Liz McColgan, Guin Batten and then Gordon Brown and Cherie Blair.