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30 May 2012 | PR 12/98

Medal Makers creating a lasting legacy for volunteers

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Loughborough University’s Olympic-inspired volunteering programme got off to a great start with an induction weekend that involved over 300 volunteers.

The Medal Makers programme was designed to help provide the ultimate environment for Olympic success at Loughborough and create a lasting legacy to inspire volunteering and involvement as part of the London 2012 Games.

It has recruited participants from across the local area, including students, staff, alumni and members of the wider community, to support the Official Team GB Preparation Camp headquarters and Japanese Olympic athletes being held at the University over the summer period.

The programme was kick started with a celebratory induction weekend, where volunteers registered, attended presentations and talks, and participated in specific training for their designated roles. These cover a variety of responsibilities, including security, sports venue support, IT support and customer service positions.  

Ben Aherne, Business Development Manager for Sports Development Centre, said:
“It was fantastic to see so many Medal Makers attending the training days and the level of enthusiasm was unprecedented.  The range of skills, ages and interests from our volunteers was so varied but with one single common goal - to give Team GB and Japanese Olympic athletes the best preparation ahead of London 2012.” 

The Medal Makers programme has been recognised by a number of awards for its dedication to inspiring volunteering within Loughborough University and its local area in light of the London 2012 Games.

The project has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark for helping to deliver the Games’ lasting legacy. It has also been recognised with a bronze award by the inaugural Podium Awards, the further and higher education unit for the 2012 Games, as an Invaluable Volunteering Project.

Anyone interested in joining the Medal Makers and volunteering for events such as the Torch Relay on July 3, please contact  the team on 01509 226130 or by emailing medalmakers@lboro.ac.uk.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Alexandra Barker
Communications and Promotions Co-ordinator
Medal Makers
Loughborough University
T: 01509 226132
E: A.Barker2@lboro.ac.uk 

Jarrah Webster
Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228658
E: J.E.M.Webster@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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