RSVP project gains Inspire Mark for Get Set member college

Richmond Upon Thames College
Region: London
Theme: Spotlight

Richmond upon Thames College, a member of the Get Set network, has received the Inspire Mark for its Richmond Sports Volunteer Programme (RSVP).

RSVP is a college-wide initiative open to all students providing a range sports related volunteering opportunities. College students volunteer at local schools and St Mary’s University College helping to help organise festivals, events and after school clubs. A number of students have also volunteered at London-wide events.

The Inspire Mark bid was submitted to raise the profile of the project and to highlight the excellent work carried out by the students. The project covers all elements of the Olympic Values (friendship, excellent and respect) and Paralympic values (courage, determination, inspiration and equality) and enables the students to develop many skills.

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 round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now – three years out from the start of the Games. I congratulate everyone involved in Richmond Sports Volunteer Programme for securing the Inspire mark and wish you every success with your work.”

Richmond upon Thames College ’s Enterprise and Skills Manager, David Warnes said “It is an honour to have our project formally recognised and to be one of only five colleges in the country to be awarded the Inspire Mark so far. The RSVP project offers a fantastic opportunity for all our students to use their talents and work with groups they may never have encountered before, whether it be helping to run sports day events at a local primary school or leading physical activity sessions with groups of adults with learning disabilities. RSVP brings together a number of sports volunteering projects all designed to develop confidence and leadership skills and inspire young people to reach their potential.“

The college is hoping to recruit lots more student volunteers over the coming year, with the aim of; 

  • Empowering students 
  • Raising aspirations and skills
  • Personal development 
  • Increasing employability

The excitement generated by the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to London will inspire students to work and volunteer in their communities, as part of a once in a life time opportunity. As young Londoners they will feel that the Games are not just for elite athletes, but for everyone.

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