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Teenager organises sports day spectacular to find young volunteers

PUBLISHED: 15:10 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

A TEENAGER is organising a sports day to encourage other youngsters to become community volunteers to make a difference’ to their neighbourhood. Laurence Whitaker is himself a full-time volunteer for Agents4Change, a campaign run by Community Service Volunteers. Now the 17-year-old is arranging a sports spectacular in London’s East End on Saturday (Nov-1)

A TEENAGER is organising a sports day to encourage other youngsters to become community volunteers to make a difference’ to their neighbourhood.

Laurence Whitaker is himself a full-time volunteer for Agents4Change, a campaign run by Community Service Volunteers.

Now the 17-year-old is arranging a sports spectacular in London’s East End on Saturday (Nov-1).

It is part of Community Service Volunteers’ Make a Difference day, the UK’s campaign for volunteering on a single day.

“I’m keen to get more youngsters active in East London,” he said. “So we’re raising awareness of the different opportunities available.”

He has teamed up with sports and drama groups to attract recruits’ to Mile End Park stadium from 11am to 4pm.

The groups are offering youngsters and families the chance to try new sports and adventure activities and sign up for free media training, cycling training and even trying out archery.

Groups on Saturday include:

Springboard Media Clubhouse is offering the chance to sign up to free media training courses.

Flying Fish Theatriks, a multi-art collective who mix film, live art, digital media and live music into performance, who are organising a treasure hunt around Mile End park.

Hadri Taekwondo martial arts club, classes taught at Bishop Callaner School in Shadwell for children from four upwards, is demonstrating throughout the morning.

Stepney Green Table Tennis club, for anyone over 12, is giving people a chance to try ping-pong and see how it is played by the experts.

Tower Hamlets Wheelers, the East End’s cycling campaign group encouraging more people to bike it’, is running a Dr Bike’ workshop for free repairs and tips.

Beta Rays, an Indie band, is on stage throughout the day.

Young & Talented, a Saturday school for performing arts in the heart of London’s East End for seven to 17-year-olds, is performing song and a street dance.

Urban Adventure, which runs activities at Mile End Park for youngsters as well as residential and adventure holidays, is bringing archery equipment for anyone to have a go.


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