Lynne Featherstone MP is encouraging residents in Hornsey and Wood Green to hurry up and apply to be an Olympic Games Maker before the deadline on Wednesday the 27th October. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is looking for up to 70,000 passionate and dedicated volunteers for the London 2012 Games. They will make the difference between a good and a great Games for thousands of athletes, media and spectators alike.
There is now less than one week left in the six week application window for the London 2012 volunteering programme so interested applicants are urged to apply now to avoid missing out on their last chance to be a Games Maker.
The application portal which can be found at www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteer/volunteering-landing.php closes at midnight on Wednesday 27th October.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said:
“The London 2012 Games simply could not happen without volunteers. Whenever I have spoken to previous volunteers, they’ve all said what a fantastic experience it was. Whatever your role, you will help welcome the world and show what the UK has to offer. So don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime. You’ve got one week left to fill-in your application form – don’t miss the deadline of October 27.”
Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“London 2012 are looking to recruit volunteers from all across London and the UK from all communities. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents from Hornsey and Wood Green residents to play their part in the Games and I am urging everyone to visit the London 2012 website to see if they have got what it takes to be a Games Maker!”
LOCOG are recruiting two types of London 2012 Games Makers – generalist and specialist. Both will be vital to the success of the Games. Generalists won’t need any specialists skills or qualifications but instead a passion and enthusiasm for the Games. Roles range from steward to radio operator or athlete escort. Specialist Games Makers will have specialist skills or qualifications like doctors, nurses, sports specialists, anti-doping officers and press operations staff.
All Games Makers will need to be available to volunteer for a minimum of 10 days during either the Olympic Games or the Paralympic Games and for at least three days of training, which will be led and provided LOCOG.
Applicants will need to be 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2012, but there will be a Young Games Maker programme which will be announced next year. LOCOG is especially keen to recruit disabled people to volunteer for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and will support disabled candidates through application, selection and as well as at Games-time.