Kazan welcomes youths

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500 young volunteers aged 18–30 from 48 federal regions of Russia and countries abroad were due to gather in Kazan to take part in the Volunteer's Academy International Youth Volunteer Camp running from 19–25 September.

Secretary general of the Olympic Committee of Russia Marat Bariev, 1st vice president of FISU Oleg Matytsin, representatives of international sports organisations, Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, renowned athletes and other public persons were due to be among specially invited guests. As a key part of the preparations for the 2013 Summer Universiade, the project is focused on developing volunteer movement in Russia, creating a positive image of the country in the world and establishing a close cooperation between volunteers from various regions of Russia and abroad. The camp was initiated by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan and Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate with the support of the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe. The programme of Volunteers' Academy includes education, sports and cultural events aimed to train volunteers for large sporting events. There will be five training courses depending on the areas of volunteer activity: Promoter Volunteers Kazan 2013, Reporter Volunteers Kazan 2013, Recruiter Volunteers Kazan 2013, Educator Volunteers Kazan 2013, Creator Volunteers Kazan 2013. Sports event management experts will host masterclasses and workshops allowing representatives of various volunteer organisations to exchange their experience and develop a system of cooperation for the Kazan 2013 volunteer training programme. On the day of the Volunteers' Academy International Youth Volunteer Camp opening, the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate announces the launch of the Make U Real volunteer selection programme for the 27th World University Summer Games in Kazan. Any person willing to become a Kazan 2013 volunteer can submit an application online on www. kazan2013. ru. The first edition of the Towards the Universiade Youth Volunteer Camp was held in Kazan between 23–28 June in the Ministry of the Interior's training camp at the Mirny Village and assembled over 130 volunteers from 28 federal regions of Russia and countries abroad. The camp's programme included a number of volunteer coordination masterclasses and workshops on organisation and management of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan and Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. The camp ended with a youth forum that observed the attendance of Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov, Deputy Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation Oleg Rozhnov, Council of Europe director of Youth and Sport Ralf–Rene WeingÃ├▒rtner and other officials.

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