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Sports students lend a hand for Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games

Staff and students from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School and across the wider University are working in partnership with Manchester City Council to support the Youth Sports Trust in delivering the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games.

Now in its eighth successful year, the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games [formerly UK School Games] takes place across many award-winning sporting venues in Manchester from 4th – 7th September 2014.

Eleven students from the BA (Hons) Sports Management and BA (Hons) Sports Marketing Management degrees are among a host of volunteers that have been chosen to assist with the event delivery, following a volunteering training day that was hosted in the Business School on June 28th.

Celebrating the vast talent of our young sports stars, the multi-sport weekend will see several venues in Manchester, including the National Cycling Centre, the Phones 4 U Arena and Manchester Aquatics Centre play host to a number of tournaments in competitive sports including Athletics, Swimming, Cycling and Wheelchair Basketball. Mirroring the format of the Olympics, Sainsbury’s School Games will bring 1,600 young sports stars into Manchester to compete at the top of their sporting fields. Several School Games alumni have gone on to be part of London 2012 Team GB and Paralympics GB.

Anne Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Sports Management and Sports Marketing at the Business School has been supporting the organisers to recruit students as volunteers, coordinate the volunteer training day and is also, working at the Games as well. “This is a fantastic event which serves to both prepare our next generation of elite athletes and through the volunteering opportunities provided, enables our students to gain invaluable experience of managing major events”

Here at Manchester Metropolitan University, we have offered our support by housing event staff, participants and officials in our very own MMU accommodation, offered our sports facilities to host some of the events in and have encouraged our students to take advantage of the fantastic volunteering opportunities available.

The Business School places high importance on the invaluable skills and employability opportunities that volunteering offers. Our students favourably positioned in Manchester to take advantage of the diverse range of sporting events that be hosted in the city and they can gain rewarding careers here in the North West from the sports industries that thrive here after they graduate.

These students are gaining important skills being involved with events such as this and they can experience the work that goes on behind-the-scenes to coordinate and stage such an event.”

To find out more and to book tickets to the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games visit www.2014schoolgames.com

Both the BA (Hons) Sports Management and BA (Hons)Sports Marketing Management undergraduate degrees are delivered at MMU Business School.

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