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Creating a volunteer culture

PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images | Volunteers run as they hold the Olympic flag and torch during an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and Paralympic Games in Barcelona on July 25, 2017.
The organisers of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992 recruited volunteers to help run the event, building a “volunteering” culture in and around the city which had not been particularly strong prior to the Games.

The organisation of the Olympic Games mobilised people in different spheres of Catalan society. Special incentives were created to encourage recruits, including grants to study French in France and English in the United Kingdom. Out of the 103,000 applications, 34,000 volunteers were recruited by the Organising Committee, all of whom received specific training which gave them skills for a lifetime.

After the Games, the Association of Olympic Volunteers was created, which still provides support for most of the sporting events that take place in the city.

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