From the President

From the President

2010-07-29T17:39:14+00:000000001431201007 in Noticeboard

By the time you receive this edition of the newsletter, it will be over 12 Months since I became your President and had to hone my writing skills, something that clearly I have not yet perfected.

“The life so short, the craft so long to learn”

Prior to this year’s Annual General Meeting I went to Cambodia and Vietnam, a superb trip with such a variety of cultural differences and cuisine, everything about the trip was enjoyable and the weather was perfect too. On my return I drove from Wales to Preston for the AGM, arriving late, which is not good for the President. In my defence there were two separate incidents on the motorways, It always seems to happen to me when travelling, ‘motorways don’t like me’ for some reason. However, the meeting went well and I was re-elected as President for another year, thanks to each and every one of you for this continued honour and privilege.

I have just recently attended in London the Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Arthritic Association to which I was invited in my capacity as President of the LCSP Register. During the presentations the Arthritic Association who have very many thousands of members of the public who are affected with arthritis in its various forms stated their intention to expand the service offered to the public by having a National Network of accredited practices where people could attend for treatment for their respective conditions via the Arthritic Association direct referral. The LCSP is well respected for its quality of service and professional approach and as such has been included in the preferred suppliers of treatment. As more details become available of how members can become involved with referrals from the Arthritic Association I will pass them on.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
London 2012’s official Games-time Volunteer Programme will launch this summer. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will recruit volunteers from across the UK.
Volunteer roles:  There will be two kinds of Games delivery volunteer – specialist and generalist.
Specialist volunteers – will have specific existing skills or qualifications that are needed for them to complete the role, for example, sport or medical training.
Generalist volunteers – will not need any special skills or qualifications and will receive all the necessary training. They might be given roles in areas such as spectator services, Olympic and Paralympic Village operations or uniform distribution.
Specialist opportunities in Medical Services include Sports Massage Practitioners.
Working within their scope of practice, Sports Massage Practitioners will use their knowledge, skills and experience to provide sports massage services to athletes, both before and after competition. Sports massage volunteers must understand the importance of working within a multidisciplinary team and refer to other members of the medical team when necessary. The team will include chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
Depending on the sport and venue, volunteers may be based in the Athlete Medical Centre or on the field of play.

Who can volunteer?
LOCOG aims to recruit volunteers who will bring passion, enthusiasm and energy to the Games. In addition, volunteers must:

  • Be 18 years old by 1st January 2012;
  • Be available to volunteer for a minimum of 10 days at either, or both, of the Games;
  • Be eligible to volunteer in the UK according to UK immigration laws;
  • Be able to attend a minimum of three training sessions prior to the games;
  • Agree to undergo, and pass certain security and background checks.

Applicants for specialist sport volunteer roles must also be available for the Test Event in their chosen sport.

Sports Massage Practitioners must also:

  • Be certified to the Qualifications and Credit Framework in Sports Massage Level 4 orequivalent or have worked full time in elite or professional sport for a minimum of two years at the time of application (2010);
  • Have suitable professional liability insurance to a minimum of £2 million;
  • Have been qualified for at least three years at the time of application (2010);
  • Hold a current basic first aid in sport or life support qualification;
  • Be an excellent team worker and good communicator;
  • Have knowledge of the World Anti-Doping Agency policy – for more information visit www.ukad.org.uk

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Sports Massage Practitioner, and you meet the above criteria, you can register your interest now. E mail your CV and a 100 word expression of interest to physicaltherapies@london2012.com
Every applicant will be expected to go through the full LOCOG recruitment process, which will include completing an application form and attending selection and training events.
Further information can be obtained from physicaltherapies@london2012.com
For more general information on the Games-time Volunteer Programme and details of other ways to volunteer in your local community visit: www.london2012.com/volunteering

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