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EPYG 2019 announces Partnership with the University of Nottingham Sport

Posted 5/23/2019

The European Paralympic Youth Games (EPYG 2019) has announced its volunteering partnership with the University of Nottingham Sport (UoN Sport).

The partnership, which will see UoN Sport send 5 of its top sporting students to attend the Games as Volunteers from the 25th-30th June, is seen as a key part of the LOC’s preparations for the management of the Games’ 120 Volunteers and was made possible by EPYG Officer Adam Pratchett.  

With less than 40 days to go until EPYG 2019, the Games are set to be the largest in history, with over 600 participants from 24 countries expected to take part in 8 different sports, including Athletics, Boccia, Goalball, Judo, Showdown, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.

The University of Nottingham, an institution with a long history of sporting pedigree, including being a founding member of British Universities and Colleges Sport in 1919 and the first university in the UK to employ a full time Disability Sport Officer, is recognised as one of the best academic-sporting universities in the UK and was recently awarded the prestigious Sports University of the Year Award for its holistic sports offer.

With former students including Liz Nicholl, the former CEO of UK Sport who oversaw the London 2012 Games, countless Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, including 3x Medallist Tim Brabrants, and even our own EPYG Officer Adam Pratchett, the University of Nottingham has a proven track record of producing top level sporting students, both on and off the field.

UoN Sport’s Top 5 students were selected from across their sporting offer, but all the students are currently in leadership positions linked to the university’s inclusive sports programmes. During their time Finland, UoN Sport’s volunteers will have the opportunity to oversee a variety of roles, from Team Attachés to Competition Officials, and experience a major international sporting event under Finland’s midnight sun.

The UoN Sport students selected to Volunteer at EPYG 2019 are:

  • Alec Lewis- Swimming Club President
  • Grace Owen- Leadership Academy Lead
  • Harry Jones- Men’s Health Active Organiser
  • Robyn Jones- UoN Disability Sport Champion
  • Tomos Jones- Wheelchair Basketball Club President

It is hoped following the completion of their volunteering at EPYG 2019, the students will return to the UK inspired to continue to develop inclusive sports opportunities at the University of Nottingham and beyond.

Speaking following the announcement, LOC President Tero Kuorikoski said:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the University of Nottingham Sport. As a Paralympic Committee we strongly believe in providing as many opportunities for young para athletes to compete as possible and it’s great to partner with an organization which shares our holistic sports vision. We look forward to welcoming UoN Sport’s volunteers to Pajulahti!”

Director of Sport, Dan Tilley said:

“We are always looking to explore projects which provide our students with opportunities to develop themselves and their future career prospects.  Partnering with European Paralympic Youth Games will provide a number of University of Nottingham Students with the chance to enhance their leadership skills in a sporting environment, while also providing support for the next generation of Paralympic stars, and we are indebted to Adam for this opportunity.

Assistant Director of Sport, Sam Bell-Minogue said:

“I am very grateful for the EPYG to offer such a fantastic opportunity to a group of our students. The students will be able to engage and work within a professional sporting environment and see first-hand what is needed to deliver such events. I have no doubt that the experiences they gain will be invaluable to the students for when transitioning into a workplace themselves. It is great to see that our students are committed and enthusiastic about working at a Paralympic event and that they want to bring the learnings back to UoN to encourage more students here who may have a disability to engage In physical activity.”

Interested in Volunteering at EPYG 2019? Check out our information page: www.epyg2019.fi/volunteers

More information about the University of Nottingham Sport can be found www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport

Want to follow the games? Check out our Twitter/Instagram @epyg2019

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