Chance to play your part in the Olympics

With the Olympic Games fast approaching, it’s not too late to play your part – right here in Birmingham.

The city is preparing to welcome many of the top athletes in the world as gold medal hopefuls from both the USA and Jamaica complete their London 2012 preparations here.

The Americans will train at the new-look Alexander Stadium, while the Jamaican camp will be based at the University of Birmingham.

Last year Birmingham City Council launched a new website – www.birminghamourgames.co.uk – to recruit volunteers and ensure the smooth running of two of the highest profile 2012 training camps.

And, while hundreds of people across the city have already registered their interest in volunteer roles, there is still time to grab an Olympic role.

Applications are being taken now for the USA training camp and the closing date for applications is May 18. NB: The University of Birmingham is organising the volunteer programme for the Jamaican camp.

Roles to be filled include:

  • Stewarding
  • Team liaison
  • Sports Festival supervisors
  • Community liaison
  • Stadium stewards
  • Kit carriers

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play a part in the Olympic Games.

“The people of Birmingham have a vital role to play this summer and a large number have already expressed an interest in volunteer roles.

“Volunteers are the ‘lifeblood of sport’ and it’s only thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers that we can successfully deliver a wide range of sporting events and activities across the city.”

To register as a volunteer, go to www.birminghamourgames.co.uk

The website also lists sporting and community events to be hosted in Birmingham in the build-up to this change to ‘this’ summer’s Games, with individuals and organisations invited to list their own events.

Volunteers who support at least three events/activities in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics will be guaranteed an interview to be part of the Olympic Training Camp volunteer workforce.

There are also a number of important milestones in the volunteering process that are key for anyone looking to volunteer.

ENDS

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

Notes to Editors

The full timeline of the volunteer application process is as follows:

WhenActivityOverview
April 14, 15, 16Open sessionAn opportunity to attend an information session to find out about the opportunities available and the volunteer recruitment process.

To book your place visit www.birminghamourgames.co.uk

May 1Recruitment is openThe formal recruitment process is launched.  Role information, application forms and arrangements are made available.
May 11Recruitment is closedNo application forms are accepted after this date.
May 21-25Shortlist ApplicationsApplication forms are short-listed
June 6-12InterviewsInterviews conducted
June 13Volunteers identifiedAll successful volunteers are to be identified, contacted and confirmed.
June 16/171st briefingRole Specific Information

Logistical Arrangements

Security Information

June 22-24AVIVA Trails – Test Event

Alexander Stadium

Selected volunteers support the AVIVA Athletics event to initiate familiarity with venue. One day attendance only.
July 14/15Final BriefingRole Specific Information

Logistical Arrangements

Security Information

Updates

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