Last weekend, over 180 parkrun Ambassadors, staff and volunteers came together at the parkrun Annual Conference and we used this opportunity to introduce a brand new volunteer role: parkrun STARs.
STARs is an acronym for Story-Tellers, Advocates and Role Models and summarises perfectly what the role is all about. STARs will be helping us in our ambition of making parkrun as inclusive as possible, using their experiences and passion for parkrun to encourage children and families to come along to their local parkrun or junior parkrun event.
George Webster from Woodhouse Moor parkrun was unveiled as one of the first parkrun STARs at the conference and his Father, Rob wrote a beautiful blog post explaining of his pride in George.
George had the audience in tears of joy and laughter as he explained what parkrun meant to him and why he feels he will make a brilliant parkrun STAR.
George’s first task will be to assist parkrun’s Outreach Ambassador to deliver an assembly to primary school children in Leeds, inspiring them to come along to junior parkrun!
We’ll be introducing some more parkrun STARs over the next few weeks, but if you feel you know someone who would make a great STAR, I’d love to hear from you.
The ideal parkrun STAR will have an interesting or inspiring story to tell, be passionate about parkrun, have a connection to their local area. STARs might be high-profile individuals such as Olympians who were born, raised or live in your town, young role models or even other sport and activity coaches who are also parkrunners.
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