Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter for all our Bath 2013 volunteers.
Bath 2013 Volunteers
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Thank you for volunteering to support the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games and welcome to the team. Your contribution will be integral to the success of the largest multi-sport disability event of the year. We now move on to assigning volunteer roles, delivering training and transforming 500 individuals into one cohesive and very committed team - we can't wait! This is the first edition of our volunteer newsletter to keep you up-to-date with all the news, views and developments in the lead up to Bath 2013. We hope you will share in our excitement and anticipation of what will be a unique and very special event.
Kind regards
Volunteer Support Team
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500 Volunteers

We are delighted to have reached our target of recruiting 500 volunteers to support our National Summer Games. For some of you this may be your first experience of volunteering with Special Olympics GB – we can promise that you are in for a treat. Through the National Summer Games you will experience the determination, courage and joy that our athletes demonstrate as they compete in their chosen sport. We are aiming to assign volunteers to their roles shortly and you can expect to receive confirmation by email in the next few weeks.
 
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Your uniform

We are in the final stages of designing the kit for all our National Summer Games volunteers. When you get to Bath you will be provided with two polo shirts, one hoodie, a baseball cap and a rucksack. That will take care of everything above the waist – we are relying on you to supplement as required below the waist! With regard to footwear, you are asked to wear soft soled shoes or trainers. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not permitted, for health and safety reasons.

Questions or feedback?

Thank you again for the support that you will be giving our athletes at the National Summer Games.  For us, it is all about providing the right environment for our athletes to excel and your enthusiasm and commitment will play a key role in helping to create that. If you have any feedback or questions just email us
Want to let everyone know that you have volunteered for our National Summer Games? Please use the #SOGreatBritain hashtag when using Twitter. You can also share and post on our Facebook page.
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About Bath 2013

The 2013 National Summer Games will involve almost 1,700 Special Olympics athletes from England, Scotland and Wales competing in 12 sports over three days of competition. The event will begin with the Opening Ceremony on 28 August. All the events will be open to the public and free to attend.
The high performance facilities at the University of Bath are providing nine of the sports venues, while Aquatics, Ten-Pin Bowling and Golf will be taking place off-site. More information about the sports and venues is available on our Bath 2013 website [read more].
We have recently announced that three former Olympians as our Games Ambassadors: Jo Pavey, Jason Gardner and Heather Fell. They all have close links with the South West so are well-placed to profile the efforts of Special Olympics GB in the region [read more].

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What happens next?

May – You will be assigned your volunteer role.  Once you get confirmation of your assigned role you will know what location you will be based at. You may wish to then get your accommodation sorted out – see links below for Bath and Bristol tourist offices.
May/ June – Volunteer training days. You will shortly receive more information about this.
July – Volunteer handbooks will be sent out.

Useful links

While our athletes will be making use of the accommodation and catering facilities on the University of Bath campus, we’re relying on our volunteers to make their own arrangements for accommodation and breakfast/dinner. A packed lunch will be provided on your volunteer days.
When your volunteer role has been confirmed you will need to start making arrangements for your accommodation. You might find the following links useful: Bath Tourist Office, Bristol Tourist Office.
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Cogs and wheels

We have created a Bath 2013 logo just for our volunteers made up from cogs and wheels. If you have any ideas for a strapline to describe our Bath 2013 volunteers let us know.  You can twitter (#SOGreatBritain) or post your ideas on our facebook page.
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Want to know more about Special Olympics GB?

Special Olympics GB is the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. If you would like to know more about what we do, where we operate and how you can continue to be involved, please visit our website.
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