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Olympian throws weight behind sports volunteering

Updated: 4:32 pm, May 07, 2015

DOUBLE Olympic medalist Neil Adams (MBE) returned to his roots by highlighting the role of volunteers in sport at his former judo club.

Adams, who was the first British male to win a World title back in 1981, spoke to volunteers and passed on a few tips to future stars at Coventry Judo Club, which is based at Hereward College Sports Centre.

He highlighted the diverse volunteering roles within sport and the vital role that volunteers play in maintaining and running community sports clubs.

“What takes these communities to the next level and drives them forward still, is gaining volunteers with substantial skills sets,” said Adams, who picked up a Silver medal at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.

“Many underestimate the absolute substance professional skills can give to an organisation and the absolute need for these types of volunteers to be brought into the fold.”

The visit was organised as part of the London 2012 legacy charity, Join In, which involves a host of top athletes having a go at the everyday volunteering roles that make sport possible in the UK.

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Adams joined Coventry Judo Club as part of a campaign to get sports stars volunteering. (s)

Picking up some tips – Adams passed on advice to the future judo stars of tomorrow. (s)