Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organisers said 50,811thank-yous – to each and every one of the history-making individuals who came forward to offer their services as part the volunteer force which will be at the heart of the city and Scotland’s Games.
The numbers of would-be volunteers have set a new Games record - higher than previous volunteer applications for both the Melbourne 2006 and Manchester 2002 Games - demonstrating the passion and enthusiasm felt for next year’s Games in Glasgow.
Early indications show applications from the length and breadth of Scotland, as well as across the UK and internationally. Glasgow 2014 is one of the first major sporting events to have an entry point of aged 16 at application and figures show that of applicants 18% are aged between16-18 and almost 40% are under the age of 25.
Organisers are absolutely thrilled at the numbers and now begin the process of sifting and sorting applications to get to the interview stage.
Early figures also show:
• 61% of applicants are female 39% are male,
• People from every local authority area in Scotland applied
• 38% are aged between 16 - 25
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said:
“We are absolutely delighted with the numbers and want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign. We have received a record number of applicants and all those who have applied are already helping Glasgow 2014 make history. Scots are famed for being generous with their time and have a real heritage of volunteering and it’s fantastic to see them along with people from across the UK and internationally come forward in such numbers to support their Games.”
Valerie Mitchell, Head of Games Workforce at Glasgow 2014, said:
“We are thrilled with the level of interest and to have such a great mix of people apply to be part of the Games. We are also really over the moon at the response from young people.
“This is the first time that those from the age of 16 have been able to apply for the majority of volunteer roles at a global sporting event of this scale, so it has been fantastic to see such a positive response from this age group. Their contribution in creating a tone and feel for the Games will be really important.
“Our next steps are to begin the hard task of sifting through all the applications and arranging interviews for people. With so many applications to process we will be inviting people to interview any time from April until December of this year.
“With these large numbers there will obviously be people who are not successful but there will be plenty more ways for them to get involved in the Games by getting their families along to venues, supporting the cultural programme and Queen’s Baton Relay. Post-games we will also share our volunteer information with Volunteer Scotland as we want to ensure that people who are interested in volunteering have access to other opportunities.”
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said:
“It is fantastic that so many people, from all over the UK and beyond, want to be at the heart of the Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting and cultural event ever seen in Scotland. For those who need it, the £500,000 Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme can help people in Scotland who face practical or financial barriers to making their volunteering dreams a reality, such as carers, people with a disability or people with additional childcare needs.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:
“It is great to see the amazing number of applications to volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. To have the highest ever number of applications to volunteer shows how enthusiastic people are about the Games and their desire to be part of this unforgettable event for our city and country.
“Volunteering is a very rewarding experience, and I am sure all of those lucky enough to take part in the Games next summer will have something to treasure for the rest of their lives.”
Fiona McEwan, Vice-Chair Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:
“Volunteers are critical to the quality of every part of their Games experience for the athletes who will participate in Glasgow 2014. From the technical officials who ensure that the sport competitions are run smoothly, to the drivers who help athletes and officials get seamlessly around the city, to the people welcoming athletes into the dining room, a friendly and flexible attitude turns a good Games into a great and memorable Games.
“We are absolutely delighted to see thousands of people demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring Glasgow 2014 is an amazing experience for all involved from athletes to spectators.”