Games Starters gather to kick off training for the CPISRA World Games

With three months to go until the start of the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games, the Games Starter Programme, sponsored by Carillion Plc, kicks off their training this weekend. Volunteers from across the country will be coming together in Nottingham, joined by Paralympic athletes Dan West, Sam Ruddock, Fran Williamson and Leon Taylor.

Hosted by Nottingham Trent University at the Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Lecture Theatre, the Games Starters will get their core training under way for the international sporting event to be held in August.

Games Starter Volunteer Manager John Selby-Sly explains; “This training session will be an introduction to the Games for all of our volunteers, where they will get to grips with some of the key issues regarding organisation and safeguarding of the athletes taking part.

“But it will also be an opportunity to get to know each other as a team of volunteers, see what they might be doing and who they will be working with.”

The volunteers will also be able to meet Paralympic athletes Dan West, Sam Ruddock, Fran Williamson and Leon Taylor in a session where they will find out more about what it means to take part in an international event. The event is also supported by former Olympian David Moorcroft from Join In.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said, “Our Games Starter Volunteers are vital to making the Nottingham 2015 World Games a success, we simply couldn’t do it without them. It’s great to see so many of them in one place for the first time and we hope they go away enthusiastic and excited about the Games and looking forward to August.”

Natalie Broom, Sport Volunteer Coordinator at Nottingham Trent University and member of the Games Starter Steering Group, said: “This weekend will give us the chance to welcome all of our volunteers to the Games Starter Family and show them just what the games are all about. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase one of the host venues here at Nottingham Trent University and I’m very proud to be working on behalf of the university as an integral partner of the games to deliver the Games Starter training programme.”

The Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games Volunteering Programme is being delivered in partnership with Championing Notts Sports Volunteering, Nottingham Trent University and Lions Clubs International, Multiple District 105 British Isles and Ireland and Nottingham Trent University Students Union. The Games will take place in the heart of the historic city of Nottingham, between 6 and 16 August 2015.