VOLUNTEERS from The Albion Foundation have been selected to report on the Olympic Games as part of the London 2012 Young Presenters Programme.
Courtney Nettleford and Ashley Green (pictured back row, sixth and seventh from the left respectively), both 17, will be responsible for creating short films that will be shown at London 2012 venues to thousands of spectators and broadcast to millions online.
The youngsters will report on BMX and track cycling at the Olympic Park, in addition to taekwondo at ExCeL and mountain biking at Hadleigh Farm.
The Albion Foundation is one of five organisations selected for this unique opportunity by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Ashley recently became a full-time member of staff at The Albion Foundation after volunteering as a football coach two years ago, while Courtney, who has aspirations to be a journalist, studies A-levels at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge.
Courtney said: “This is the biggest thing I have ever done because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“To be one of the 15 reporters is pretty amazing.
“I want to study media and journalism at university.
“Sport is a world away from political journalism but it’s opened my eyes.
“All the other Young Presenters are from a range of different backgrounds which mirrors the whole ethos of the Games.
“The motto of the Games is ‘Inspire a Generation’ and being part of Young Presenters Programme does just that.”
Ashley added: ‘This is going to be a great experience for me.
“If someone would have asked me a few months ago if I was really into reporting, I would have said no, but this opportunity has been a real eye-opener for me.”
Anna Pincher, education and inclusion programme manager at The Albion Foundation, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Courtney and Ash.
“I’m sure I will watch them grow and develop as young presenters and people.
“They’re going to represent The Albion Foundation and LOCOG brilliantly.
“We can’t wait to get down there and be part of the live events at London 2012.”