London 2012 Announces Volunteer Programme
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced its plans to recruit up to 70,000 volunteers or “Games Makers” for the London Games. It is expected to be the biggest volunteer recruitment campaign in the post-war period in the UK, and LOCOG will be looking for dedicated and inspirational people representative of the diversity of London and the UK to apply for a wide variety of volunteer positions. Olympic TOP partner McDonald’s will be the presenting partner of the London volunteer programme and will use its expertise in customer service and training and its nationwide presence to help attract, select and train the diverse team that will be needed to make the 2012 Games a success.
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, said: “London 2012 needs brilliant volunteers to help us deliver a great Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our volunteers will be called Games Makers to reflect the important role they will play in staging the 2012 Games. The programme to find our Games Makers will launch on 27 July 2010 and I urge anyone who is interested to come to our website to find out everything they need to know about volunteering in 2012.”
There are two different types of volunteer role: specialists in areas such as medical services, sport or press operations; and generalists, with roles ranging from spectator assistants, uniform distributors and ticket checking. In addition to the LOCOG volunteers, the Mayor of London will shortly announce plans for the recruitment of city volunteers to be stationed at key transport hubs, at visitor attractions, and on the streets of the capital to make sure all visitors to London get the best possible welcome during the Games.
Volunteer recruitment will start exactly two years before the London Games on 27 July 2010. The key dates for the process are:
• 27 July 2010: applications open for pre-identified applicants for specialist sport, press operations, anti-doping and medical roles and members of a wide range of disability specialist organisations. This is also an opportunity for those interested in the generalist roles to find out if they have what it takes to be a Games Maker via a dedicated section on the London 2012 website. Recruitment also starts on this date for the Mayor’s London Volunteers scheme.
• 15 September 2010: applications open to the public for generalist roles and continue for specialist roles.
• LOCOG today also confirmed that up to 1,500 of the Games Maker roles will be made available for those under the age of 18 through the ‘Young Games Maker’ programme that will be unveiled in July 2011.
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.