Games volunteers number five figures on first day

GAMES-MAKERS: These volunteers at Glasgow's Central Station were among 10,000 to sign up when applications opened on Monday. Image: Sandy Young Photography.
GAMES-MAKERS: These volunteers at Glasgow's Central Station were among 10,000 to sign up when applications opened on Monday. Image: Sandy Young Photography.

COMMONWEALTH Games fans have been getting a sprint on to volunteer when the sporting event comes to the west of Scotland, as more than 10,000 applications are received in less than 12 hours.

Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were bombarded with more than 10,000 applications on only the first day entries were being accepted.

Applications opened at 7am on Monday, and by 9.30am around 1500 prospective volunteers had already put themselves forward.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said he was pleased with the response, saying the volunteering spirit was definitely alive and well.

But he encouraged those who have not yet applied to volunteer to do so, as applications will remain open until the end of next month.

“Don’t just watch the Games, this is your chance to BE the Games and have the time of your life putting Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth on the world stage,” he said.

Prospective volunteers have until February 28 to apply for a role, the majority of which require no previous experience. Applications can be made online at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer.

Applicants must be aged 16 or over, be eligible to work in the UK and must be available for at least eight days during the Games between July 23 and August 3 2014.

Organisers said they are looking for some people with specific skills such as medical training and specific sports knowledge.

In total, 15,000 volunteers are sought to work at the Games, and 25,000 applicants will be invited for interview from April.