ARGYLL and Bute residents are being encouraged to take part in the biggest sporting and cultural event that Scotland has ever seen – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Games take place in July 2014 and will see the eyes of the world upon Scotland. And it’s not only the sporting heroes who will be in the spotlight. At the heart of what is bound to be another successful Commonwealth Games are the volunteers who play such an important part in making it happen.
The search for up to 15,000 volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is now open. People from Argyll and Bute have a very unique opportunity to become a part of history with Glasgow 2014 needing the biggest peace-time deployment of volunteers for a common cause Scotland has ever seen.
No previous experience is necessary for the majority of roles, with the emphasis on finding people who are friendly, welcoming and dedicated to making the Games a success.
Those suited to more specialist roles can list their skills on the form, while there is also a wide range of general opportunities in areas such as transport, spectator services and sport competition.
All applications will be reviewed at the end of the process with around 25,000 successful applicants then invited for informal interviews from April 2013 onwards. Around 1,000 interviews a week will take place at the purpose-built volunteer centre until the end of the year.
The contribution of the Games Makers during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was widely recognised as a positive and Glasgow 2014 will be seeking its own volunteers to help deliver the largest sporting and cultural event ever hosted in Scotland.
Applicants need to be 16 or older to apply, be eligible to work in the UK and must be available for at least eight days during the Games themselves between 23 July and 3 August 2014. They will also need to be able to come to Glasgow for an interview, training and uniform collection ahead of the Games.
Anyone requiring help with their application should contact the Argyll and Bute Active Schools team on 07979 832089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A contact centre is also available to provide advice and support to volunteers and potential volunteers through their involvement with Glasgow 2014 by telephone and email – 030 3333 2014 or email@example.com
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: “The volunteers will be at the heart of an unforgettable Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“There is no need for people to have volunteered before. We have a wide range of general roles available as well as specialist positions and we have always emphasised that what matters most is a smiling face, a winning attitude and friendly banter – qualities I know Scotland and Glasgow will deliver in abundance.”
Argyll and Bute Council’s Lead Councillor for Sport, Councillor Dougie Philand added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people in Argyll and Bute to get involved in one of the most exciting sporting spectacles that Scotland has ever seen. It’s a chance for people of all ages to really take part. Our communities have strong sporting traditions and are known for their friendliness and willingness to volunteer, so I have every confidence that Argyll and Bute will be well represented at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”