The University of Nottingham Sport department has announced its volunteering partnership with the European Paralympic Youth Games (EPYG 2019).
The opportunity, made possible thanks to former SU Sports Officer and Alumnus Adam Pratchett, will see UoN Sport send 5 of its top students to Finland to volunteer at the Games from the 25th-30th June.
EPYG 2019 will be hosted at the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center is set to be the largest EPYG in history, with over 600 participants from 24 countries expected to take part. The Games promise to be a spectacle of Paralympic sport; showcasing the best young athletes and rising stars in the Paralympic movement across 8 different sports, including Athletics, Boccia, Goalball, Judo, Showdown, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.
UoN Sport’s volunteers were selected from across our sporting offer but are all students in leadership positions linked to UoN’s inclusive sport programmes. During their time in Finland, they’ll have the opportunity to volunteer in 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- Sports Leadership Ambassador
- Harry Jones- Men’s Health Active Ambassador
- Robyn Jones- UoN Disability Sport Champion
- Tomos Jones- Wheelchair Basketball Club President
UoN Sport has a long history supporting para-sport, as the first university to employ a full time Disability Sports Officer and with our recent BUCS medal success with Para-scholars Oludaisi Adefisan and Tim Jeffery, it’s hoped partnering with EPYG 2019 will enhance the knowledge of our student leaders and ultimately inspire them to develop more inclusive opportunities at UoN and beyond.
Speaking to UoN Sport following the announcement, Adam Pratchett said:
“I’m incredibly grateful to UoN Sport for all the opportunities they provided during my time as both a student and SU Officer, which undoubtedly helped in my development both personally and professionally. As an Alumni now working for the Finnish Paralympic Committee (thanks to a UoN ERASMUS+ grant), I wanted to give back to the university and provide current students with the same kind of opportunities that benefitted me during my time at university.”
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.”
More information about the Games can be found at www.epyg2019.fi or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to follow the games? Check out their Twitter/Instagram @epyg2019
Posted on Friday 24th May 2019