York College is working in partnership across York and North Yorkshire to create leadership and volunteering opportunities for young people. At a combined learning event students from York College, Askham Bryan College and Selby College were encouraged to get involved in volunteering and make a positive impact in the local community, in particular promoting sport.
The event gave students the chance to participate in sporting activities to help become a volunteer, as well as tackling inequalities through sport, as highlighted in a recent report by the North Yorkshire Sport charity which claims that 70 per cent of people in York and North Yorkshire are failing to get enough exercise.
The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Julie Gunnel and other civic dignitaries from around the region. Julie Gunnel said: “I believe in the power of sport and physical activity to improve health, reduce deprivation and inequalities, provide opportunities for training and employment and bring communities together. Volunteering in sport is the largest area of volunteering and really brings people together as well as being a massive contributor to the local economy. Coming to the College today and being able to see the facilities that York College has to offer as well as the students who are volunteering has been great.”