The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games are looking for 12,000 volunteers for the world's largest multi-sport event in 2025, which will take place next summer in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Volunteers will gain lifelong experience, make international friends and receive exciting benefits for their commitment. Registration is now open.

With the slogan 'NO GAMES WITHOUT U!', an advertising campaign is now promoting the opportunity to register. 12,000 volunteers are needed for the sports festival, which is expected to attract  around 10,000 athletes and officials from up to 170 nations. 

What are the requirements? Anyone who will be at least 18 years old on 1 June 2025, speaks fluent German or English and is available for at least four event days in the summer of 2025 can apply. For those interested in the volunteer programme, there are many opportunities at the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. In total, there are around 50 different areas of work in total. These are as varied as the sports festival itself: in the 'Sports' function area, volunteers gain an exciting insight into one of the many sports; in 'Communication', they work with media representatives from all over the world; and in 'Culture & Side Events', volunteers help to organise the cultural and non-sporting entertainment programme. 

Mirjam Scheffler, Senior Manager Volunteers at the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, says that volunteers will shape the image of the respective host cities during the event and act as contact persons at the sports venues: "As members of the volunteer team, we have already gained a lot of experience as volunteers at various events." 

Volunteers are the key to any International University Sports Federation competition. FISU
Volunteers are the key to any International University Sports Federation competition. FISU

"We know what is important in the organisation and what challenges need to be overcome. With our expertise, we want to give the volunteers with an unforgettable experience and an insight into the world's biggest multi-sport event in 2025," she added. 

The volunteers will be an essential factor in making the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games a colourful and international festival. In return, they will receive a behind-the-scenes look at a major multi-sport event, free access to the competitions, a ticket for local public transport, a volunteer outfit, and unforgettable experiences and adventures with people from all over the world. Felix Abrahams, a 24-year-old from Dortmund, Germany, loved volunteering at the 2022 European Championships in Munich so much that he signed up again for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin: "As a volunteer, I feel part of something really big. I learn important things for life and experience the sporting events on-site." 

"The most important thing about volunteering is that you enjoy it. Choose an area of work that interests you and that you enjoy. Don't see it as work but do it because you want to. Then you'll have a wonderful time that you'll never forget," he concluded.