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07 Feb 2012
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Games Makers orientation training gets underway

The first of six national orientation training events took place last weekend on 4-5 February. Ten-thousand London 2012 Games Maker volunteers and Games time employees gathered at Wembley Arena in London, with another event due to take place on 18 February.

The events, which will form the biggest London 2012 events outside of the Games this year, are the first stage in the training programme for London 2012 employees and up to 70,000 volunteers, known as ‘Games Makers’. 

The Orientation Training events provide an introduction to the heritage and importance of the Games as well as an insight into what working at London 2012 will be like, including the sports, venues and the roles. The sessions include welcome talks from hosts, presentations and mocked up scenarios. 

Six smaller regional orientation sessions are due to take place in March for Games Makers who will take up roles at venues in Weymouth and Portland, Cardiff, Coventry, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. 

By the time the Games Makers reach Games Time, collectively they will have undertaken 1.2 million hours of training. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said at the event: “Our Games Makers will contribute a total of around eight million volunteer hours during the Games and simply wouldn’t happen without them.” 

Nearly a quarter of a million people applied to the Games Maker programme in 2010, while two thousand young people have been selected for volunteer roles during the London 2012 Games, as part of the Young Games Maker programme.

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