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London Youth Games (GamesForce)

London Youth Games are the largest multi-sport event for young people in Europe. GamesForce, the volunteer programme, allows individuals with and without disabilities to get involved and be part of the London Youth Games action. GamesForce provides fantastic opportunities for individuals aged 16+ - they can receive training/qualifications, further their experience and develop their CVs by volunteering with us.

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What have Bradley Wiggins, David Weir and Mo Farah got in common? They have all previously competed in the London Youth Games (LYG) - Europe’s largest annual youth sport event. However, without volunteers this event couldn’t have happened. Why not follow in the footsteps of the awesome London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers and get involved in volunteering? Each year at LYG, over 136,000 young people from 33 London Boroughs are involved in competitions across over 30 different sports. GamesForce is the volunteer programme to support this. It allows you to be part of the LYG action and provides you with the opportunity to learn new skills, enhance your experience and work with a fantastic team. Join the Team: Volunteer at LYG sporting competitions and gain experience in Sports Administration, Event Logistics & Management, Media & Communications and Cultural & Performance roles.

Role Aim: 

To assist and support in the organisation and delivery of sporting competitions for young people in London. There are a variety of different roles so individuals can get involved and up close to the London Youth Games action.


Individuals can volunteer across three broad areas and try out numerous different roles.


* Gain officiating qualifications and develop new skills.

* Become part of the sports team and help deliver events.


* Be part of the team and gain valuable experience in supporting the event delivery.

* Roles not limited to- Team registration, Results collection, Medal ceremonies and Hospitality


* Raise the profile of the Games through media.

* Interact with Olympians and host key partners who regularly visit London Youth Games.

* Roles include- VIP Attaches, Photographers, Reporters and Press Officers. Team Leaders

Skills needed: 

Individuals require no previous experience to volunteer with LYG, but should have a willingness to volunteer and try numerous roles!


Onsite training is provided for all roles. We also offer event, media and officiating training (advertised in our newsletters). Team Leaders receive bespoke training and support for their role.

Volunteers will work onsite at our sporting competitions/events which take place at various locations all around London - depending on role could be based inside or outside.
Time commitment: 
1-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
We tend to advertise our volunteer opportunities (via the GamesForce newsletter) about 6 weeks before an event/competition. If an individual wants to get involved, they need to express their interest before the advertised deadline date (approximately 2 weeks later).
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here