And they’re off! Commuters across Scotland were urged to aim for a new ‘personal best’ today (Monday, 14 January) – by applying to be one of the volunteers who will be the friendly faces making the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games an amazing experience for athletes and spectators alike.
Prospective volunteers have from today until 28th February to apply for a Games role which will not only see them be part of history – Glasgow 2014’s volunteers will be the biggest peace-time deployment of volunteers for a common cause Scotland has ever seen – but will also see them having the time for their lives.
No previous Games experience is necessary: Glasgow 2014 is simply looking for helpful and friendly people who will be aged 16 by close of applications on 28 February are eligible to work in the UK and available for at least eight days during the Games, which take place between 23rd July and 3rd August, 2014. Volunteers will also have to be available for up to six days ahead of the Games for interviews in Glasgow, training and uniform collection.
As well as general Games roles, Glasgow 2014 requires volunteers with a range of specialist skills including medical staff, drivers and people with specific sports expertise.
Applications are being received from this morning online at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer and help is available in person at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow, by phone at the Glasgow 2014 Contact Centre and staff at every library in Scotland are also geared up to assist with the application process.
Urging people to step up to the volunteer challenge, Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of Glasgow 2014 said:
“Being a Glasgow 2014 volunteer really is the opportunity to have the time of your life and be part of something very special for Glasgow and Scotland.
“Our volunteers will be crucial to the success of the Games. They will be our front-line charm force, promoting Glasgow and Scotland to the world and creating a fantastic experience not just for the million spectators who will be here in person but also the billion-plus people around the world who will watch the Games on television. Glasgow 2014 is a global show-reel for the city and for Scotland and our volunteers have a starring role to play.
“I would encourage everyone – regardless of age or life experience – to think about being part of creating a Games success story for Glasgow and Scotland and apply now as a Glasgow 2014 volunteer.”