Give Sevens helping hand

FORMER Scotland centre Scott Hastings and the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, yesterday issued a call for volunteers for the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens in May.

The HSBC World Sevens Series rolls into Scotstoun Stadium on 5-6 May, and volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly – looking after the players, fans and everyone in between. There’s less than a week left to get involved with a deadline for applications of next Wednesday.

Anyone interested in taking part can register at www.eventteamscotland.org

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Speaking outside Kelvingrove Museum in the host city, Hastings said: “I’m lucky enough to get to see the HSBC Sevens World Series all around the world and there is a real buzz already about what to expect from Glasgow in May.

“Even if you don’t know what sevens rugby is all about, come and find out. Not only is this a Commonwealth Games Sport but, in four years time, it will also be an Olympic Sport [Rio de Janeiro in 2016].

“It’s a two-day party and, for the first time, Glasgow gets to savour what is a unique atmosphere.

“I want to see Glasgow rival anything that Las Vegas or Tokyo can offer. That’s my challenge to Glasgow.”

Robison added: “The Scottish Government is delighted to be backing the Emirates Airline Glasgow7s and I hope that the city of Glasgow really gets behind what will be an fantastic weekend of genuinely world-class sport.

“As we head towards Glasgow 2014 this offers a glimpse of the kind of spectacle we can expect to see for the Commonwealth Games and volunteers will play a vital role in the success of the games.”