The Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme that began in support of the 2012 Olympic Games is being used by the organisers of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games.
Two Coventry Ambassador volunteers along with David Boughey, Managing Director of EnV Coventry CIC, have been invited for a second visit to Tokyo at the end of October after already being invited last year to present information on Coventry’s volunteer legacy.
Since the beginning of 2017 the lead organisation behind Coventry’s local Olympic volunteer legacy programme has been sharing their expertise with the organisers of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games.
This new working relationship has led to selected Coventry Ambassador volunteers being invited to train the Host City volunteers of Tokyo and its surrounding areas for their Olympics next year.
David Boughey, Managing Director of EnV Coventry CIC, said: “Last year was an inspiring visit and very humbling to see how this city’s local Coventry Ambassador programme is held in such high regard across Tokyo.
“To return to Tokyo with our Coventry Ambassador volunteers to support the delivery of the Games in Tokyo is going to be fantastic. Training their own Host City volunteers ensures that the legacy lives on and we are proud to pass on the volunteer baton.
“This will make the city’s year as European City of Sport even more special for us. We look forward to growing the legacy towards the City of Culture and Commonwealth Games in the near future.”
The Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme, awarded The Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering has provided over 40,000 voluntary hours supporting over 200 events since 2012.
Along with the Coventry Ambassadors, Coventry Young Ambassadors have also been invited to Japan in November to represent Coventry in recognition of their commitment to the city.
Coventry Young Ambassadors work on events city-wide, with past events including Coventry Sports Fest, the School Games, the new Coventry flag launch, Coventry Parkrun, City of Sport Community Festivals and the welcoming of international visitors to the city.
Coventry Young Ambassadors is made up of over 300 children from more than 30 different schools and have provided over 2,000 volunteer hours for events. Coventry Young Ambassadors are children who have been selected by their schools and trained by EnV to represent their city at cultural and sporting events.
During their visit, they will be working with school pupils in Tokyo, visit Olympic venues and meet Olympic officials.
Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head Teacher at Howes Primary School, said “It is a great honour to be taking 10 Coventry Young Ambassadors to Japan to learn about Tokyo 2020 and to work with Japanese pupils on Olympic and Paralympic projects.
“The Young Ambassadors are fantastic representatives for Coventry and this is an amazing opportunity for them.”
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Sport and Public Health, said: “I fully support the ambassadors and all of the work they are doing within our city. It will be fantastic to see ambassadors from Coventry go to Tokyo for everyone to see how fantastic they are, and of course how great Coventry is too.
“The visits have come at the perfect time during our year as European City of Sport, it’s yet another great thing for us to celebrate in the city and I can’t wait to see how well they get on later this month.”
The growth of Coventry Ambassadors continues with the latest Youth Ambassador volunteers aged 16-18 joining together with younger and the adult Ambassador teams to support key summer events such as the School Games Finals and Godiva Festival.
European City of Sport continues to support the adult, youth and young ambassadors at events in the city and commends the hard work and endless hours they have put into making European City of Sport events work.