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Volunteers: Recruitment

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) young volunteers trained to work in schools and community clubs and (b) trained adult mentors were recruited (i) before and (ii) since April 2004. (156435)

The 2005-06 Annual School Sport Survey indicates that 13 per cent. of pupils in years 10-13 are actively engaged in sports volunteering and leadership. This equates to 285,631 pupils. This is an increase of 4 per cent. on the numbers surveyed for the first survey in 2003-04 and an increase of 2 per cent. from last year.

This number includes participants in the Step into Sport Programme, one of the eight strands of the National School Sport Strategy. Through Step into Sport, the Government are providing a simple framework of co-ordinated opportunities at a local level in schools and local communities for young people to begin an involvement in leadership and volunteering through sport.

The Youth Sport Trust deliver the programme and advise that from its launch in 2002 until 2004 4,000 young people aged 14 to 19 registered as Community Volunteers and a further 2,000 young people volunteered to take part in the planning, organisation and delivery of sporting festivals for local primary schools Between 2004 and 2007, 29,720 young people have registered as volunteers in sport at school or communities.

As part of Step into Sport, there are now 973 Young Ambassadors aged 16 years in place, in 449 School Sport Partnerships (two in each Partnership), all helping to spread the Olympic and Paralympic message and ideals within School Sport Partnerships, as well as acting as advocates and role models to other young people. Of the two young people in each Partnership, one is also a gifted and talented athlete.

Between 2002-04 YST figures indicate that SiS developed 600 school based adult mentors and a further 1,068 from 2004-07.