Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Glasgow Games volunteers wanted

Olympic gold boxing winner Anthony Joshua will help launch a drive to find 15,000 volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Applications have opened to find 15,000 volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The process - which begins at 7am - will mark the biggest peace-time deployment of volunteers in Scottish history, organisers said.

Prospective volunteers have until February 28 to apply for a role, the majority of which require no previous experience.

Applicants must be aged 16 or over, be eligible to work in the UK and must be available for at least eight days during the Games between July 23 and August 3 2014.

Organisers said they are looking for some people with specific skills such as medical training and specific sports knowledge.

Olympic gold boxing winner Anthony Joshua will help launch the recruitment drive at Central Station in Glasgow with Scottish badminton player Susan Egelstaff and the 'Games Maker choir'.

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."

A total of 25,000 applicants will be invited for interview from April.

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