GLASGOW’S 2014 Commonwealth Games were inundated yesterday – the first day of their recruitment drive – with applications from thousands of Scots keen to sign up to become Games Maker volunteers.
Organisers had received 1,500 applications by 9:30am, barely two hours after the website went live, and by 6pm last night it was estimated more than 10,000 had signed up to take part in what will be the biggest Scottish peace-time deployment of volunteers. Organisers have a target of 15,000 volunteers.
Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We have been delighted by the initial response to our call for volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“I am happy to say that the volunteering spirit is definitely alive and well, and we have had more than 10,000 people apply within the first 12 hours.”
He reassured people that there was still plenty of time to apply, with the closing date on 28 February.
Head of the Games workforce Valerie Mitchell said the response had exceeded their expectations.
“Coming out of the Olympics, there was a lot of media coverage about how much they contributed and how great it was to volunteer, so that had created a buzz here,” she said.
“We’d already received lots of calls and e-mails from people asking us how could they get involved, so we were confident that Glasgow would step up and people would want volunteer, but we’ve still been taken aback at the number of people who have applied in such a short space of time.”