The 2019 Games require 5,000 volunteers ©FISU

Winter Universiade 2019 organisers have received 14,000 applications from 50 countries for 5,000 volunteer roles.

Organisers are continuing to deliver on their promise to make the upcoming event one of opportunity and skill-building with the opening of the volunteer recruitment centre in the Siberian Federal University.

The recruitment centre will oversee all interviews and final selections of volunteers for Krasnoyarsk 2019 with as many as 5,000 required. 

The organising committee is employing so many volunteers in order to welcome the world’s top university sports people for the Winter Universiade with the aim of leaving the region with a lasting legacy.  

The volunteers will provide support in functional areas such as consulting, language services, navigation, transport and media. 

During the opening, Krasnoyarsk 2019 director general Maxim Urazov believes that hosting an international multi-sport event requires a community of participants of various ages and backgrounds.

“The recruiting centre will select the best participants of the volunteer movement, which will be involved in the delivery and preparation of the Games," he said.

"They will be people open to communication and learning, who will be able to perform different tasks, but most importantly, they will be able to bring positive emotions to all the guests. 

"We invite everyone who are passionate to the sports movement to take part in the volunteer programme.”

Krasnoyarsk 2019 volunteers are already hard at work, building interest and excitement for the Winter Universiade with events throughout the city and country. 

To reach the interview stage, applicants must pass an online test on the official Winter Universiade 2019 website which includes tests on English proficiency and general sport knowledge. 

For foreign applicants, interviews will all be conducted online.

Volunteers are already hard at work to made the 2019 Games special for one and all ©FISU
Volunteers are already hard at work to made the 2019 Games special for one and all ©FISU

Winter Universiade 2019 organisers are currently in the selection period for Krasnoyarsk residents only, and this will last until December 20. 

The second and third stages of interviews for candidates are planned for spring and autumn of 2018.

Participants of the volunteer programme who have successfully passed the selection will begin to have training and will be able to participate in the preparation of the test events at sports venues in 2018.

 "The desire to be a volunteer comes from the heart and soul, this is the desire to help people,” said Denis Moiseenko, a Winter Universiade 2019 volunteer and student at the Siberian State University of Science and Technology.

 “For a volunteer, this is a test of himself or herself and his or her abilities, gaining new experience and knowledge, the opportunity to become involved in the organization of the largest sporting event ever in Krasnoyarsk.”