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IAAF World Athletics 2017 – ‘Runner’ for a week

August 22, 2017 Emma Butcher

Written by Emma Simpson-Dore, UCL graduate, former LUCA Official’s Secretary and UCL Athletics Captain.
In September last year, I discovered that the IAAF World Athletics were taking place in London in 2017. After hearing great things about the volunteering experience at the 2012 Olympics, I was keen to apply to be a ‘Runner’ (the name given to all the volunteers).


LUCA team with parkrun to grow HiFi Junior event

January 14, 2017 James Findon

LUCA is calling on students of London to help at the Highbury Fields Junior parkrun. Parkrun is one of the biggest sporting success stories of the last decade. It has been credited in reversing the decline of running and rejuvenating a dying sport. Now parkrun is on a mission to engage more children in running. ‘Junior parkrun’ is everything we love about parkrun, but with a shorter route and aimed at youngsters. Former University of London Athletics President and Barts Student, Robert Walker founded the Highbury Fields Junior parkrun. The […]


Use this year to do good: one-off sports volunteering

January 5, 2017 Emma Butcher

With Trump soon to come to power and Brexit on it’s way, we’re all looking for ways to feel a bit happier about 2017. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you. Run! London are looking for volunteers to help out at the Westminster Sports Hall Athletics Competition this month. Dates are as follows and volunteers can sign up for as many/as few days as they are able to: 17th January – 9am – 2pm 18th January – 9am – 2pm 19th January – 9am – 2pm 24th January – 9am […]


Volunteer Route Marshals needed for the London Student Run

November 17, 2016 Emma Butcher

Interested in helping out at the London Student Run on the 4th December? Why not try being a route marshal?   Why we need you: With this being our first ever London Students’ Run, we’re looking for some passionate, excited and inspiring volunteers to become an integral part of the delivery of the event. Your support will help us to put on the best event we can. What will you be doing? Motivate, cheer and direct participants by covering one of the marshal points on the course. This crucial role ensures […]


New volunteering opportunities available in London

November 1, 2016 Emma Butcher

Have you ever wanted to combine your love of running with your want to help others? The below opportunities could be perfect for you; offering both short and long term opportunities to help others get into running. Further information will be posted on LUCA soon; but in the meantime please contact who will direct you to further appropriate contacts. Coaching opportunities: Long term opportunity from Wednesday 9th November 2016 to April 2017: Paddington Recreation ground, Wednesdays 4-5pm: coaching disability children on the fundamentals of athletics. This post doesn’t require qualifications, […]


Laviai Nielsen ‘inspired’ by Jessica Ennis-Hill

October 28, 2016 James Findon

London 2012 was a pivotal moment for GB heptathlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill. The poster girl for the games had a chance to win Gold in front of a home crowd. It was a chance that she seized and the rest, as they say, is history. But Jess’ victory had a profound and lasting effect. Standing behind her on the track, was a young Laviai Nielsen – a kit carrier volunteer. Nielsen, 20, is now the European Junior 400m champion and BUCS 200m champion. My inspiration always ❤️ #JessicaEnnisgoodnight 😢 A photo […]