One week left to apply to volunteer at Glasgow 2014
Thursday, 21 February 2013
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February 21 - Glasgow 2014 have again urged people who want to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games to come forward with just one week to go until the registration deadline.
Glasgow 2014 are searching for up to 15,000 volunteers for the Commonwealth Games and have had a huge response since applications opened on January 14 but the Organising Committee have stressed that there is still time for everyone who wants be part of event to get involved.
All prospective volunteers can complete their online application form before the application deadline which is set for the end of this month on by 11.59pm on February 28.
"The clock really is ticking now," said the Glasgow 2014 head of Games workforce Valerie Mitchell.
"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."
No previous experience is necessary for the majority of volunteering 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.
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 July 23 and August 3 in 2014 as well as to come to Glasgow for an interview, training and uniform collection ahead of the Games.
"Some people have made a start on their applications on the system, but not submitted them yet, so we would urge them to be mindful of the February 28 deadline, too, and make sure they have everything in and complete," said Mitchell.
"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."
All completed 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 every week will take place at the purpose-built Volunteer Centre until the end of the year.
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