Hampden Park Questions have been asked

There is just one week left for prospective volunteers to step forward and become one of 15,000 needed to welcome visitors to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The organisers say that the search for volunteers has had a fantastic response since applications opened on 14th January 2013. However, there is still time to put your name forward by completing the online application form before the final closing date of Thursday 28th February.

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 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 volunteers again have the opportunity to be at the heart of an unforgettable Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 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 between 23rd July and 3rd August in 2014 as well as to come to Glasgow for an interview, training and uniform collection ahead of the Games.

According to Valerie Mitchell (left), Head of Games Workforce at Glasgow 2014, “the clock really is ticking now. We have just one week to go until the application process finishes and once it closes that’s it so if people don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be part of the Games apply now. We have been really inspired by the application process so far and the huge enthusiasm and excitement we have had from people so we want to ensure that everyone who wants to volunteer makes the most of this chance. There is no need to have volunteered before – what matters most is a smiling face, a winning attitude and friendly banter – all qualities which people here have in abundance!”

  • Badenoch

    While volenteering may be worth while for both the individual and the community, prospective volunteers are expected to pay for 3 trips to Glasgow, a weeks accomodation for training, their accomodation and most of their food during the games.

    This could come to several hundred pounds.

    There is some funding but how much and who is eligible is not clear.