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This message is being sent to Special Olympics GB National Summer Games Volunteers and Officials
Edition 2 - October 2016
Dear <<First Name>>
 
Welcome to the second edition of our Volunteers and Officials Games Newsletter. The Special Olympics National Summer Games is fast approaching, just 42 weeks to go!
 
Thank you to all the newly registered volunteers and welcome to the Special Olympics GB team! If you have not yet completed your registration, we would urge you to do this as soon as possible.

Alongside other important updates, in this edition we are encouraging you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Get Sharing and Retweeting to help us spread the excitement about the National Summer Games!

As always, please remember to keep an eye on our website for further updates throughout the year. 

Thank you!

Gearoid Mitchell
National Volunteer Manager
Update for Volunteers
Online Registration: 
Online registration is still open and running. There are a lot of volunteers who have registered their interest but are yet to submit and complete all the sections of the application. Your application will not be submitted for review or assessed until this process is complete, so we would encourage you to do this as soon as possible. If you do need to complete your registration or wish to check the status of your registration, this can be done via the website
 
Volunteer Drop-In Centre:
If you need help or advice around your National Summer Games Volunteer Registration, come to our drop-in at The Circle and have a chat with one of our advisors – they are themselves volunteers & really enjoy helping others to volunteer too.
Open:  Monday - Wednesday, 10am - 4pm
Where:  (Sheffield City centre, just off Division Street)
The Circle,
33 Rockingham Lane (behind Costa Coffee)
Sheffield
S1 4FW
For more information, visit: http://www.sheffieldvolunteercentre.org.uk/

Photo Upload:
Lots of volunteers are having issues uploading their photo. This is generally due to the file size which should be no bigger than 5MB. Please try compressing your image if possible. If it will still not upload or you need any help with this issue, please email cara.pears@sogb.org.uk with your photo so we can upload it for you. 

Volunteer Roles:
Assigning of volunteer roles will begin later on this year. Throughout this year, we will begin to process all submitted volunteer applications and will assign relevant volunteers to the team leader positions. Once these positions are filled we will work to assign volunteers to all other roles.  Please remember that we will do our best to assign you to one of your preferred roles and sports however, this cannot be guaranteed. Please do not worry if you do not hear from us until early next year. 

Volunteer Accommodation:
Please remember that you will need to book your own accommodation for the National Summer Games. Accommodation information will be a regular feature in all Newsletters. 
Update for Officials
Competition Managers and Deputy Competition Managers:
For most sports we have now recruited both a Competition Manager and Deputy Competition Manager and their profiles will shortly be displayed on the National Summer Games Website which can be viewed via this link. Keep checking to find out who they are.
 
Officials Manager:
We are currently in the process of liaising with our Competition Managers and Deputy Competition Managers for each sport to determine the exact number of Officials we will require for the Games and the various qualifications that they will need to have based on the events and the final number of athletes that are going to be competing. In October the 2017 National Summer Games Officials Manager (Sophie) will then begin to process all Officials applications and assign individuals to sports/roles so you should hear from Sophie within the next few months.
 
Officials Accommodation:
Please remember that accommodation will only be provided for key non-local Officials if they have been pre-approved by Special Olympics GB National Office, so if you are only able to Officiate at the 2017 National Summer Games if we are providing accommodation, please contact us immediately to speak about this possibility directly. Accommodation information will be a regular feature of all newsletters. 

Head Officials:
If you ticked on your profile that you would be interested in the Sports Specific Head Official Role, we will be in touch with you towards the end of the year to follow up with you about this.
Games Venues
Bramall Lane
This historic Football Stadium is going to provide Special Olympics Great Britain with a spectacular venue for the opening ceremony in 2017. With a capacity of over 32,000 Bramall Lane is the perfect location for spectators to welcome all the Special Olympics Athletes to the Games and the City. 
 
Sheffield railway station is just under a mile from Bramall Lane ground. The Supertram also runs less than a mile from the ground, the nearest stop is at Granville Road/Sheffield College. There are also bus links outside the ground, with buses at least every 5 minutes during the daytime going to and from the city centre.
Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: “We are thrilled the Special Olympics GB National Games are coming to Sheffield in less than a year in August 2017.  We are honoured to be hosting the Opening Ceremony at Bramall Lane and can’t wait to provide this platform to show the ability of athletes with a learning disability.  We are proud to fly the Special Olympics flag for them.”
Special Olympics GB is thrilled to see its National Games flag flying over Sheffield United’s Stadium, there's now less than 10 months until this showpiece event.
Accommodation
Are you looking for inexpensive accommodation whilst volunteering at Sheffield 2017?
Would you like to relive those crazy student days of the past?
Do you want to socialise with other volunteers in the evenings?

As hotels can be expensive for a week in Sheffield I have been talking to Sheffield City Tourism about the possibility of using some of the city’s student halls as exclusive volunteer accommodation.

Initial information is that they will be able to offer accommodation at a weekly rate of £135.00 per person, per single room. The rooms will all be en-suite and have access to a shared kitchen, but volunteers will need to bring their own bedding and cooking utensils (if you would like to cook!!); if you don’t cook then don’t worry, this is a student city, you can never be more than 6 paces from a Wetherspoons! Each bedroom will be part of a 3 to 6 bed flat, there will be a number of different flats within the halls.

If you are interested in this accommodation, please drop me an email and I will add you to the list to be contacted once we have further details.
Simon Smith (simon@dancingbear.me.uk)
 
Other Accommodation options were identified on the first edition of the Volunteer and Officials National Summer Games Newsletter and will be a regular feature. The previous newsletter can be found on our website. 
Spread The Word
Please help us spread the word about the National Summer Games and encourage many more people to be involved. Join us on Facebook and Twitter and where you can, please share and re-tweet our stories! 
 
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A huge thank you to our friends at Coca-Cola European Partners for sponsoring our Games Volunteer Programme!
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