Olympic rower Alan Campbell officially launched GoldMark, a dynamic volunteer initiative designed to promote and recognise sports volunteering among young people aged 16-24 on Tuesday 1 June at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
Speaking at the event Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said, “We know that 16-24 year olds are more likely to volunteer for organisations that are involved in sports or exercise based activities. GoldMark offers young people quality volunteer opportunities which are challenging, unique and inspiring; and in turn it showcases the talented youth in Northern Ireland.”
GoldMark, which builds on the successes of Millennium Volunteers, has been granted an Inspire Mark, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are genuinely inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The GoldMark programme is supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Education.
Welcoming the award of the Inspire Mark Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said, “We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all around the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now. I congratulate everyone involved in GoldMark for securing the Inspire Mark and wish you every success with your work.”
Through the appointed Delivery Partners of the North West 200, Down District Council and the University of Ulster GoldMark offers young people quality volunteer opportunities from coaching and leadership, to stewarding and event management to officiating and youth development – so there’s something to suit everyone.
Alan Campbell noted that, “I am delighted to be onboard with GoldMark. It not only enables young people to develop their learning and skills but also creates a vibrant young sports volunteer network in Northern Ireland for participants to have a laugh, gain confidence and make a difference. I am lucky to have been influenced by several volunteers through my career and that dedicated support will be instrumental in my aspiration of achieving a Gold in London 2012.” 
For more information on GoldMark please contact Volunteer Now on 028 9023 6100 or go to www.volunteering-ni.org

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