The 4000-strong volunteer team for Glasgow 2018 European Championships is close to completion with more than two-thirds of roles confirmed, volunteering training well underway and uniform collection imminent.
Around 10,000 people applied to volunteer at Glasgow 2018; the new multi-sport event which brings together the existing European Championships of some of the continent’s major sports of Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon and the brand new Golf Team Championships.
The 4000 volunteer roles will be at the heart of Team 2018 and the experience offered to athletes, officials, media and spectators as they visit Glasgow and Scotland from 2 to 12 August.
With less than 50 days to go, the first faces of Team 2018 were unveiled publicly today, Tuesday 19 June, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Many volunteers are already supporting the event behind the scenes to make sure it is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
Volunteers will work across a diverse range of roles both pre, during and post Championships. From being part of the legendary warm welcome, to transport and travel, hospitality and events, sport and spectator services – there are roles to suit all skill sets and interests, with each integral to the smooth running of Glasgow 2018.
Applicants were invited to skills match sessions at the end of 2017 by the Glasgow 2018 volunteer team, to determine who would be best suited to each of the available roles.
Communities Secretary Angela Constance said:“Team 2018 will be the face of the European Championships and I am confident that every single member of this team will showcase all that is great about Scotland and its people.
“There has been such enthusiasm from those who want to take part and in the Year of Young People, it is especially encouraging to know that thirty per cent of the total applicants were aged under 26.
“Glasgow 2018 will help volunteers build their skills and experience in a meaningful way that will stand them in good stead for making the most of volunteering opportunities in the future.”
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I’m sure the fantastic volunteers who make up Team 2018 will be the true champions of Glasgow 2018. Their enthusiasm for this fantastic sporting event is overwhelmingly infectious and will provide a warm welcome for visitors – enhancing their experience and evoking memories of the party atmosphere we all enjoyed during Glasgow’s amazing Commonwealth Games.
“The stunning response to the appeal for volunteers once again demonstrates that People really do Make Glasgow.”
Volunteer Suzy Perez Cameron, 31, from Blantyre, added: “I studied events management at university, so to be part of Team 2018, putting theory into practice is fantastic. I’ve been working with Glasgow 2018 since Autumn 2017, supporting the volunteer team throughout the ‘skills match’ process to recruit a diverse mix of talented people. It will be a great couple of weeks and a pleasure to work alongside thousands of other volunteers as part of Team 2018.”
Volunteer Yash Patel, 18, from Glasgow, said: “I’m really excited to be part of Team 2018. I’m a huge sports fan, so I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting couple of weeks at the biggest sports event in the city. I really enjoy volunteering and last year I went to Ghana to teach and coach sports at a school. I’m a real people person so I’m looking forward to chatting with event attendees and passing on my local knowledge.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steph Forsyth at Wire – 0141 648 9610 / [email protected]earewire.co
Glasgow 2018 European Championships News Desk, [email protected], +44 (0)141 287 3472
Cecilia Canazza, Glasgow 2018 Communications Manager, +44(0)7415775064 [email protected]
Mark Pryde, Glasgow 2018 Public Relations Officer, +44(0)141 287 0618 / +77(0)7387 249553 [email protected]
Hannah Innes, Glasgow 2018 Public Relations Officer, +44 (0)141 287 3472 / +44(0) 7790 813 712 [email protected]
Karen McNally, Glasgow 2018 Public Relations Manager, +44 (0)141 287 7442 / +44(0)7387 249 619 [email protected]
NOTES TO EDITORS
Key points about Team 2018:
- Almost 10k applications received for more than 4,000 places
- 89 countries represented in total (including Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
- Around 7k applications received from Scotland, covering every local authority area
- Remaining 3k applications received from 88 countries
- Two thirds of Scottish applications received from Glasgow
- 30% of total applicants are under 26 years old
- 35% of applications came from first time volunteers