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Dedicated sports volunteers from across the county borough have been rewarded with a reception from the Mayor of Wrexham,Cllr Ian Roberts.

Eleven dedicated volunteers have completed 100 hours each to achieve the recognised Millennium Volunteers award.

The initiative which is run by Wrexham Council’s Sports Development team enables young people between 14-25 the opportunity to gain new skills and confidence in a sporting environment.

Each volunteer has completed their 100 hours assisting various sporting activities including football coaching, swimming mentoring and hosting sporting festivals and events.

Lucy Chalk, a student at the Maelor School, Penley who managed to complete her volunteering around her studies explains:

“Fitting volunteering around college work can be a challenge, the team are really flexible and I have gained extra skills and experiences to add to my university personal statement.

“Through volunteering I have helped children gain skills in sport which is really rewarding, as well as improving my own skills and confidence too.”

The volunteers are now looking towards their next achievement of 200 hours which comes complete with a signed certificate from the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Wrexham Council said:

“2012 was a brilliant year to be involved in sport in Wrexham with the Olympic torch visit, celebrating Tom James’ two gold medals with the Freedom of the Borough and the news that Wrexham will be hosting two Rugby League World Cup matches in 2013.

“These young volunteers have not only gained essential skills that will set them on the right path to their future career but they have given something back to the sporting community of Wrexham and for that we are hugely grateful. Well done!”

If you would like to get involved in sports coaching and volunteering in Wrexham, you can email coachingandvolunteering@wrexham.gov.uk for more details.