Jason Gardener (Olympic Gold Athlete): "It’s great to have the opportunity to be part of the vinspired National Awards, recognising and rewarding the fantastic achievements of these young volunteers."
Ade Adepitan (Television Presenter and Wheelchair Basketball Player): “Volunteering is something that is an important part of my life and I get tremendous joy through being able to help young people with disabilities like myself to become independently mobile. This is why I am really happy to support v so they can inspire young people who are passionate about sport to help share their skills with others.”
Carly Booth (Professional Golfer):“I’m really proud and excited to be an ambassador for v. As a young person who is passionate about sport and who also loves being part of a close community, I’m delighted to be part of v. Getting young people involved in the community and volunteering is invaluable and I look forward to seeing the charity develop and providing young people great opportunities over the next few years.”
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal and England Football Player): “If I wasn’t lucky enough to be playing football, I’m not sure what I’d be doing with my career and that’s why I think ‘Make the
Team’ is such a great project to get involved with. Volunteering is not only a really good opportunity to put your time to something worthwhile, but it’s also a great way of building up your skills and ultimately achieving your goals, whether it’s football or another industry that you want to get into. I’m really looking forward to giving something back and doing my bit with other volunteers soon.”
David Seaman (ex-Arsenal and England goalkeeper): “I think ‘Make the Team’ is a fantastic opportunity for young people to follow their passion both on and off the pitch which is why I’m right behind vinspired.com’s latest campaign. I wish I’d had opportunities like these available to me when I was younger. Getting volunteering experience under your belt is invaluable both in helping out your community and expanding your skillset – so why not get involved?”
Stuart Pearce (Head Coach, England Under-21s) “The role of the volunteer, particularly in football, is absolutely vital to the future of the game. Every football player, from the grassroots of the game through to top England players, are likely to have had coaching or guidance from a volunteer at some point and the value of these people to their communities is immeasurable. I’d always encourage young people to volunteer to gain valuable experience, grow as people and help build their community in whatever way they can.”
Chris Kamara (presenter and football analyst): “I’m proud to say I’ve already made the team – I’ve recently volunteered to climb Kilimanjaro for charity and I’m really excited to get involved and do my bit to raise awareness for a worthwhile cause. Whatever your interests, you can go to vinspired.com to find out about a huge range of volunteering opportunities and see how you can make a difference too.”
Chris Kamara promotes v's campaign Make the Team
Martin Tyler (football commentator): “Volunteering can give you skills and experience which could help you secure your dream job. You don’t have to be good at playing sport to get involved; vinspired.com has a whole range of opportunities to choose from, including journalism and radio. You never know, you might get to learn to commentate too.”
John Inverdale (sports radio and television presenter): "So much fantastic work is done in the community, not just by Fulham but buy so many other teams in the Premier League and so many other sporting organisations. It is underpinned totally by the volunteer culture, whether it’s the guy who mows the pitch for the cricket team on a Saturday or puts the flags out for the rugby team. Now these are the people who are the bedrock of sport in this country. Vinspired, get involved you will be amazed how much fun it is and how much you will get out of being involved with sport."
John Inverdale encourages young people to volunteer through v
Lewis Moody (Rugby Union player): "I have been very fortunate to play for England and to be given the opportunities that have allowed me to achieve what I have in life...I strongly believe in recognising the work of young volunteers the commitment they give to their communities especially within sport as it is these people that help energize young people and motivate them to achieve at a national level. This is why I supported the Energy Award at the vinspired national awards 2009 on behalf of Red Bull"