Coventry’s Olympic volunteer legacy is to be shared as best practice to Tokyo2020 Olympic organisers.

After hosting visits from Tokyo2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games Project Office last year local Community Interest Company EnV(Coventry) CIC have continued to share information with Tokyo2020 officials.

David Boughey, who led the volunteer programme for Coventry in 2012 and who is managing director of EnV has been invited to Tokyo for 10 days in September to present on the success of sustaining the programme to host regions in Japan ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. This will include presenting at symposiums for public who may wish to volunteer and also to city officials who wish to learn how to develop, manage and sustain lasting volunteer programmes for their areas following the Tokyo2020 Games.

The Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme managed by EnV has played a key role in the city’s Olympic legacy with Ambassadors helping welcome people to events. The volunteer programme, awarded The Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering has provided over 30,000 voluntary hours supporting over 130 events since 2012.

The Tokyo2020 symposium organisers reached out to invite David to present in Tokyo stating that
“We strongly felt that your experience and passion would be very inspiring to those intrigued in Tokyo2020”

David said “To share our story and success with Tokyo2020 organisers in preparation for the Games in 2020 is a great honour and I continue to be proud to lead and represent the Coventry Ambassador volunteer programme on behalf of the hundreds of local volunteers who keep the legacy alive. I am proud that our community interest company and Coventry as a result has received this recognition, I also would like to thank all of the partner organisations who continue to support us”

Following winning the SME Coventry & Warwickshire Business Awards for Community Business of the Year in 2017 EnV are a finalist in the SME National Business Awards! The Coventry Ambassadors programme is now looking for new volunteers to join its award-winning team. Apply to become a Coventry Ambassador volunteer today at www.env.uk.com/coventry-ambassadors/

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