Teach­ers travel up to Scot­land to vol­un­teer at Games

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A COU­PLE of Tyther­ing­ton teach­ers trav­elled to Glas­gow to vol­un­teer at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Dai and He­len Jones, who both work at Tyther­ing­ton School, spent a fort­night in the city work­ing as stew­ards and en­joy­ing the games as well.

Dai, 56, is head of RE at the the school, on Manch­ester Road, and 48-yearold He­len is a teach­ing as­sis­tant.

They both had to un­der­take a two-year process to find out whether they had been suc­cess­ful in ap­ply­ing to work at the sport­ing spec­ta­cle and ac­tu­ally get to the games.

And af­ter be­ing se­lected out of 50,000 ap­pli­cants, Dai was cho­sen to work at the Barry Bud­don shoot­ing cen­tre as a spec­ta­tor ser­vices as­sis­tant, while He­len was based at the Scot­stoun Sta­dium, where the ta­ble ten­nis and squash events were held, as a tri­bune team leader in the press op­er­a­tions team.

Dai said: “It was a glo­ri­ous event and we had a great time, the at­mos­phere was fan­tas­tic.

“I was show­ing all the spec­ta­tors to their seats and giv­ing out in­for­ma­tion, mak­ing sure they all got to where they needed to be. I am Welsh and so was there with a Welsh flag and greeted them in welsh. The sta­dium was always full and the crowd were great, very chatty. I met so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries – al­to­gether me and He­len worked out we spoke to peo­ple from more than 40 na­tions dur­ing their time vol­un­teer­ing.

“It was fas­ci­nat­ing be­ing so close to the ath­letes as well.”

The cou­ple, who also went to watch the rugby 7s, ath­let­ics and road cy­cling while in Scot­land, were keen to ap­ply to get in­volved af­ter He­len and their daugh­ter, Amy, both worked at the Lon­don Olympics in 2012.

Dai added: “We also went to the Com­mon­wealth Game when they were in Manch­ester and that spurred He­len to want to help out.

“It was quite a rig­or­ous process all-in-all, we had to fill out forms and then go to an in­ter­view in Glas­gow, be­fore re­turn­ing to the city for var­i­ous train­ing ses­sions, in­clud­ing in health and safety and safe­guard­ing.

“You have to pay for all the travel and things your­self but that did not put us off, but it was well worth it.

“It was a great start to mine and He­len’s sum­mer holidays from school and a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.”

● Dai and He­len Jones trav­elled to Glas­gow to vol­un­teer ● at the om­mon­wealth Games C


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