London Axes Olympics Volunteering Scheme

03 Feb 2011

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A scheme to use the Olympics to get people to volunteer in their local communities has been scrapped, the Culture Department has said.
According to the Press Association (PA), the national 25th Hour campaign was launched at the Olympic Park last March by the then Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell and London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe.

As a thank-you for giving up their time for community work, devoted volunteers were promised to be in line for one of the 2,012 pairs of tickets for the dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

The 25th Hour campaign was based on the idea that everyone can find an extra hour or more to make a difference.
The tickets were to have been among a range of Olympic-themed awards for "exceptional time givers".

The new Government is now hoping that the Places People Play scheme will bolster grassroots projects and events.
A Culture Department spokesman said: "After careful consideration, the Government has decided not to continue the 25th Hour Programme.

"Instead, the focus going forward will be on getting more people involved in sport as volunteers and coaches, through the Places People Play initiative.

"The new Sports Leaders Scheme aims to recruit, train and deploy 40,000 new volunteers to help organise sports activities in their communities."

The 25th Hour was separate to London 2012's volunteer programme which this week began interviews to recruit 70,000 people to help the Games.

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