Youngsters urged to help run the London Olympics

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YOUNGSTERS volunteering to help run the 2012 Olympics should get help with the costs, a leading county councillor has said.

Suffolk County Council has urged young people to volunteer for the Olympics Young Game Makers’ programme which aims to recruit 2,000 16- to 18-year-olds. They will help in various administrative roles during the Games.

While offering a great opportunity to get involved, the Young Game Makers’ website’s small print says volunteers must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses. That is while they attend a half day selection, three days training and four days at the Games. If they attend a test event they will need to travel there for two days’ training and three at the event.

Labour portfolio holder for sport and culture Bryony Rudkin said she knew from an adult friend who was volunteering that they had to meet their own costs but she added: “For young people in particular we’re going to have to look at costs and how they can be supported.”

She said there were several organisations who support young people financially in sport and community activities. Cllr Rudkin added: “I hope the county council would be able to put some time and support into helping young people access funds.”

Her Conservative opposite Kathy Gosling, portfolio holder for sport, culture, diversity, health and wellbeing, was not available to comment on help with expenses.

She earlier said: “I am delighted that our young people will have a chance to play such an important role in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After all, it will be decades before the Olympics return to our shores.”

More details are at www.london2012.com/young-games-maker with applications being accepted between 22 September and 31 October.