Monday: I love to get involved in volunteering for sporting activities. Today I had a meeting with the Youth Sports Trust. I was a volunteer at the recent UK School Games in Coventry, and we've had lots of great feedback on the event. Now we are looking for ways to improve the 2008 games, with a focus on ensuring positive, sustainable volunteering experiences for young people. It was a very positive meeting, and its great to see things moving forward for young sports volunteers.
Tuesday: Letter writing time. As a member of v20, the youth advisory board, it was my responsibility to invite MPs to join the fringe meetings that we will be holding at the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative Party conferences. Our debate will look at whether volunteering is the new political activism. It's great to have the opportunity to speak to MPs and feel I can make a difference.
Wednesday: Having started my post-graduate course in Physical Education this Monday, it was a full day at the University of Bath. We spent three hours on the field learning how to structure lessons and introduce skills related to team games. This was so much fun and incredibly informative, and the experience I'd gained previously from my volunteering was really valuable.
Thursday: I recently returned from six weeks' volunteering in Zambia with the UK Sport Ideals programme (Ideals stands for International Development through Excellence and Leadership in Sport), and I have continued to fundraise for a Zambian peer coach, Lysons, to come and study at Bath. I had the honour today to confirm he would be arriving at the end of September - he was ecstatic too.
I will continue to fundraise so that another group of students can be sent to carry out HIV/Aids awareness activities in Zambia through the medium of sport.
We also launched an auction today for a signed England rugby shirt and tickets for Wales's game against Australia in the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff on 15 September. I've already been inundated with bids.
Friday: Today I'm helping to organise referees, post-match meals and clean kit for Larkhall Ladies football team, now affiliated to Larkhall Athletic FC in Bath. The game is on Sunday against Cornish team Penzance. I have a great passion for sport, so it's fascinating for me to gain a greater understanding of the work that goes into running a sports team. Besides, it's lots of fun too. Go Larkhall Ladies!
- Emily Reynolds is on the youth advisory board of youth volunteering charity v.