By Duncan Mackay

London 2012_volunteerNovember 1 - Glasgow 2014 will officially launch their volunteer programme for the Commonwealth Games next week when they begin accepting expressions of interest. 

Around 15,000 people will be needed to help make the event a success and interest is expected to be high following the success of London 2012, where the 70,000 Games Makers were credited with playing a massive role. 

After the initial registration next Monday (November 5), those interested in volunteering will have to wait until mid-January before they can officially apply for one of the available roles.

"We will have to sift through every application," said Val Mitchell, head of Games Workforce at Glasgow 2014. 

"That is likely to take the whole of March."

London 2012 received more than 240,000 applications and interviewed 100,000 people at selection centres across the UK.

Volunteers for Glasgow 2014 must be 16 when they apply – there is no upper age limit – and be eligible to work in the UK.

They also have to pass a security check and be available to go for interview and attend training sessions.

An estimated 25,000 people will be invited for interview between April and the end of the year.

Clyde in_action_croppedAmong the volunteers Glasgow 2014 is set to recruit for is someone to take on the role of Clyde, the mascot

"We have never in Scotland had to recruit that number of people so it will be challenging, but also rewarding," said Mitchell. 

"We need doctors, nurses and physiotherapists and people trained in lifting on weights for the weightlifters.

"However, most of the roles are general.

"For example, we will need people to be the Clyde mascot at each venue, hundreds of drivers and people to direct spectators to the venues.

"We will also need volunteers to take Games VIPs round the venues and every venue will need volunteers to distribute radios and scoreboard runners.

"Our advertising campaign will be based in Scotland but there will be people who want to volunteer from other areas and we expect to get some international volunteers.

"Previous Games volunteers have described their experience as life changing and people who give up their time to volunteer for Glasgow 2014 can expect a wide range of personal and development benefits."

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