2012 volunteer programme launches

TODAY sees the start to find the 70,000-strong army of volunteers who will be the face of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Their jobs as part of the Games Maker project may not be the most glamorous but the recruits will be essential, say the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Work could be from staffing information booths to kit carriers for athletes.

In a preview event at the Games Maker selection centre at ExCeL London, in the Royal Docks, LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe will reveal that the 100,000 people best suited to the 70,000 volunteer roles on offer will be invited over 14 months to take part in an interview. A further eight selection centres around the UK were also announced as taking place between March and August 2011.

It is estimated that over the next 14 months, over 300 people a day will attend a selection event comprising of an informative and engaging exhibition about Olympic volunteering and a 30 minute interview.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG commented: ‘The Games Maker volunteers will be the faces of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is crucial that we recruit the best team players in the UK. More than half of the applicants selected for interview have a chance of being offered a volunteer role.”