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Birmingham 2018 launches World Indoors volunteer programmeSeptember 6, 2017
Around 400 volunteers will be required to ensure the event next March is a success
The volunteer programme for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 has been officially launched, with an application form now live on the event website – www.wicbirmingham2018.com.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the event, which takes place from March 1-4 and will be the biggest indoor sports event that Birmingham has staged for 15 years, has until September 29 to complete their application.
There are a huge variety of volunteer roles available, including helping to look after the teams, customer services roles, providing assistance to spectators, distributing the official uniform and passes to everyone working on the event, or working in the media centre to assist the many journalists and photographers from across the globe who will be covering the Championships.
“Events like the IAAF World Indoor Championships simply couldn’t happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers and we are so grateful to anyone who is willing to give up their time to help us deliver this event,” said councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader for Birmingham City Council.
“Everyone is of course very welcome to apply to be a volunteer but it would be great to see lots of local people stepping up, so we can provide the visiting teams and spectators with a warm West Midlands welcome. Volunteering is such a great way of learning new skills and enhancing your CV and it is also a great way to meet new people.”
Anyone aged 18 or over can apply and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never been a volunteer before, as Championships director, Joan Durose explained: “You don’t need to have lots of volunteering experience or even a keen interest in athletics, as we’re looking for a varied group of people to help make the event run smoothly. We’ll ensure all volunteers are fully briefed and specific training will be provided if required.”
There has already been a great deal of interest in volunteering at the event and the organising team has been kept busy with enquiries.
As Birmingham stages a wide variety of sports events every year, the organisers of the IAAF World Indoor Championships are keen to build upon the success of these events, which is in part due to a core team of experienced, capable and enthusiastic volunteers, many of whom have already expressed a willingness to deliver another successful sports event in the city.
Successful applicants will be contacted in October and invited to attend an interview for a volunteer role. All successful applicants will then be allocated roles in January 2018.
For those who would rather be a spectator than a volunteer, act quick as tickets for the IAAF World Indoor Championships have been selling fast.
The four-day Championships is made up of six different sessions – one on Thursday March 1, two on Friday March 2, two on Saturday March 3 and one final session on Sunday March 4, and when tickets went on general sale a couple of weeks ago, all the tickets made available for four out of those six sessions sold out in just a few hours.
There are currently still tickets available for the Thursday evening and Friday morning sessions, though with the world’s best athletes, including several world champions, having already announced that they are planning to compete at the event and following on from the successful staging of the IAAF World Championships in London last month, the demand for tickets and interest in the event has increased.