Welcome to the June edition of the enewsletter for all our Bath 2013 volunteers.
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It's now less than three months to the start of the National Summer Games and we have lots to update you on.

We've started our volunteers training sessions and your uniform is almost ready to be ordered. Some of you are already rolling your sleeves up and getting involved in helping prepare for the Games and even supporting our Bath 2013 fundraising efforts.

Please enjoy reading our June update and we look forward to seeing all of you soon in Bath for your volunteer orientation training.

We are overwhelmed with your generosity and are so excited about meeting you.

Derrick Thomas a member of the Awards Team shares why he is volunteering at the Games. Click here to watch short clip.
And find out also why Holly Morgan-Davies will be at the Games this summer. Click here to watch short clip.
Thanks to our Volunteer programme sponsor
The energy company National Grid is kindly sponsoring the Games Volunteer programme. Their support includes providing your Games kit as well as 50 of our Games Volunteers.

Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid explained:

"National Grid has been the Premier Partner of Special Olympics GB for over six years and we are delighted to sponsor the Volunteer programme for the 2013 National Summer Games in Bath. It promises to be an amazing experience for all the athletes and for the volunteers.

"The experience of our many employee volunteers at National Grid tells us that working closely with the Special Olympics athletes and experiencing their courage and determination in the field of competition is a memorable experience.

"On behalf of National Grid, and Special Olympics GB, thank you for helping us to celebrate the diversity and skills of all the competitors at the National Summer Games."
Training underway

It’s been a delight to kick-off National Volunteer Week (1-7 June) with our first training session on 1 June at the University of Bath. In the morning our 40 eager Volunteers learned about Special Olympics, how best to support people with intellectual disabilities, and more about the Games. After having a lunch al-fresco – yes, it was a lovely sunny day – our volunteers took a tour around the University facilities and attended role specific training sessions for their Games-time functions: photography, awards and volunteer support.

More training sessions are planned for June and early July. Invitations are being sent out over the next few weeks to cover all volunteer roles.

Please bear with us as our
Volunteers Support Team assign you to your functional role and your training session.
Gaye Barber was joined by Special Olympics coach and athlete Greg Silvester who spoke about supporting people with intellectual disabilities (left photo). All our attendees took a tour around the University of Bath sport facilities (right photo).
Can you spot the lime green tops? Games Volunteers Eva Lindegren and Michelle Smedley model the Games uniform as they meet athletes Jessica Hiles and Richard Daykin who will be competing in Bath.
This summer you will be mostly wearing…

We know you have been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of your Games Volunteer uniform…the lime green polo shirts will be bright, vibrant and easy to identify in a crowd – just what we need for our Volunteers.

You will be provided with two polo shirts, a hoodie jumper (purple), a baseball cap and a bag.

All these items will be branded with our Games logo and National Grid’s logo. Below the waist, you are asked to wear trousers, shorts or a skirt in beige or khaki. No jeans please. You will be spending a lot of time on your feet so we recommend trainers or comfortable flat shoes – no flip flops.
A big thank you

During May we issued an urgent request for help with a bucket collection at the Party in the City event held in Bath. We were nominated as the Charity Partner for the day but then needed to rally volunteer support. The weather turned very miserable – we even had hail – so many thanks for the perseverance of all our collectors. We hope it will be warmer for everyone in August.

World class facilities for our athletes

We are very fortunate that nine of our 12 sports on the Games competition programme will take place at the University of Bath, which has a proven track record in hosting
and organising major sporting events.

The biggest sporting event of the Games will be taking place off-site in Bristol at the
Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

Over 400 athletes will be competing in the Aquatics. While there is a pool at the University, with so many family members cheering our athletes on, we needed somewhere larger to accommodate the spectators.

Gaye Barber, National Volunteer Manager, said:

“It will be an amazing competition venue. With so many races and competitors it will require a lot of support from our Volunteers to keep everything running smoothly.”
The Official Bath App

The more technically savvy may be interested in the Official Bath App which contains lots of useful information for a visit to Bath including booking a taxi from any location, details of where to eat and drink and information about shops and attractions.

To download the app, search for 'Bath' in the App Store or Play Store.
Spread the word

We hope that you are excited about volunteering for the Games. Please share your excitement and pride in being part of the army of 500 National Summer Games Volunteers. 

If you use Facebook and/or Twitter you can let more people know about your volunteering, your role, your training day, how are you getting ready for the Games.

We would love to see your messages on our Facebook wall and invite you to follow us on Twitter @SOGreatBritain and use the hashtags #Bath2013 and #1bigsmile.
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