For major sporting event organisers, ensuring the best chance of success involves careful preparation in many areas and activities.
Arguably, one of the most crucial of these is volunteer recruitment. How volunteers interact with players, officials and supporters has a strong influence on whether their days – and nights – away from home will have been enjoyable, successful and memorable.
That’s why it was a positive sign when, before the end of January, Scottish Curling was able to post on their website that the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2020 volunteer programme had been successfully concluded.
Enthusiastic and dedicated
As the website states, “we have been delighted with the response to the programme and are confident that we have appointed an enthusiastic, dedicated team to support the championship later this year (28 March-5 April).”
Organised by Glasgow Life, the specialist event-management arm of the local government in Glasgow, who are key partners in the delivery of the championship itself, a highly-visible volunteer recruitment programme was devised, looking for two types of volunteers – generic and sport-specific.
Given Glasgow’s recent track record in hosting major events, including the acclaimed Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the inaugural multi-sport European Championships in 2018 – both of which had stand-out volunteer teams – it is no surprise that volunteers from all backgrounds have come forward again to support curling’s 2020 championship in their home city.
Meanwhile, there was also an enthusiastic response from the Scottish curling community to put themselves forward for the sport-specific roles. Not surprisingly, that category too was over-subscribed, with many curlers disappointed.
As Scottish Curling was at pains to point out on their website, “ there is only a small number of roles available and with the large numbers of experienced curlers who applied to be part of the championship, it was always going to be an extremely difficult decision-making process. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply.”
Meanwhile, Billy Garret, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life and the chair of the organising committee, said: “The response for our volunteer campaign was fantastic, with more than 700 people applying for 200 positions. Towards the end of 2019 we hosted skills matching sessions and we’re confident we have a crew of enthusiastic and excited volunteers taking on roles such as ceremonies, sports development, accreditation, uniform and workforce.”
He added, “we know from previous experience that our volunteers are what give events in Glasgow a special edge. We are always so lucky to have a whole host of helpful and cheery volunteers to help spectators, officials and athletes – and the LGT World Men’s Curling Championship will be no different. The experience which volunteers get at sporting events is like no other, and we know people make lifelong friends as well as learning new and developing existing skills. We can’t wait to welcome our 200 volunteers to the Emirates Arena in March this year, working together to deliver a fantastic event.”
From time-to-time the World Curling Federation advertises volunteering opportunities for its events. Keep an eye on this website and its event pages for future opportunities. Alternatively, you can contact the local organising committees directly to enquire about volunteering.