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SkillsActive focuses on 2012 volunteer training and development

SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for sport and recreation, is working with London 2012 and a number of key partner organisations including the CCPR, Sport England and Volunteer England in developing a volunteers strategy for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to SkillsActive, there are currently more than 5.8mon volunteers throughout the UK already involved within sport, with this figure set to rise significantly with the ever increasing emphasis on sport and physical activity. SkillsActive believes that now that London has been awarded the Games, volunteer numbers, particularly in London, will hit an all time high.

SkillsActive's Chief Executive Stephen Studd said: "It is fantastic news that we have won the bid, especially amidst competition such as Paris and New York.

"The emphasis, from our point of view, must now be on making sure we have the people in place who can deliver on our promises.

"We anticipate an increased demand for a skilled workforce, who need to be competent and qualified whether they are paid or unpaid. At SkillsActive, we are committed to ensuring that these 'frontline' people have the skills they need to do their jobs."

The Sector Skills Council says they will be working closely with London 2012, Sport England and other partners to deliver a world class volunteer workforce that London and Great Britain can be proud of.

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