Sport Development and Engagement Manager Sue Vout has admitted she was thrilled following the news that the Northumbria University Student Sport Volunteer programme has been shortlisted for the National Sport and Recreation Alliance Volunteering Award following a stellar 2017 and 2018.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance is a body which aims to champion grassroots sport along with all the work that goes on behind the scenes to drive positive, societal change.
The Volunteering Award, which also saw Loughborough Sport and Active Surrey nominated, seeks to celebrate clubs and programmes that go the extra mile to make volunteering accessible to all people.
Northumbria Sport’s nomination should come as no surprise to those familiar with the work of the fantastic volunteering programme who’s 297 students managed to log over 9000 hours of work between September 2017 and August 2018.
And speaking following the announcement, Sue was clearly delighted with the programme’s achievement.
“The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella body for sport and recreation in the UK and is the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media,” said Sue.
“In 2017, our Student Volunteer programme won the BUCS Workforce programme of the Year Award, demonstrating its excellence amongst other universities.
“Unlike that award, the Sport and Recreation Alliance Award is open to all types of organisations across the country, clearly demonstrating how outstanding our work is in this area is.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this happen but, in particular, Kate Hansbury and Sarah Stephenson, who oversee this area of our work.
Both Kate and Sarah paid testament to the volunteers and hosts they work with.
“We are lucky to work with such fantastic volunteers as well as internal and external hosts who offer such exciting opportunities for them to experience”
“Without them there wouldn’t be a programme, so being nominated for this award is such an achievement for everyone involved”
The Award will be presented by the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Patron, Prince Edward, on 15thMarch > More
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