The volunteer recruitment programme for UEFA EURO 2004™ was launched today in Lisbon, Portugal.
The project is aiming to recruit around 5,000 volunteers from the age of 15 upwards (with no upper age limit) to be the 'visible face' of EURO 2004™. The volunteers will be trained to help with and support several activities during the tournament.
The initiative was launched at 'Volunteer International Day' which also saw the signing of an agreement between the Portuguese Youth Institute (IPJ) and Euro 2004, S.A. at the IPJ's regional headquarters.
Present in Lisbon were Hermínio Loureiro (Secretary of State for Youth and Sports), Gilberto Madaíl (Chairman of the Board of Euro 2004, S.A.) and Pedro Castello Branco, President of the Executive Committee of the ICEP (Portuguese Institute for Foreign Trade). Gilberto Madaíl stressed the importance of young people to the organisation of the event saying that the volunteers will transform the tournament into an "unforgettable event".
The session was closed with a speech from Hermínio Loureiro, which focused on the importance of football in Portuguese society and government support for the event. "Volunteer work in Portugal, especially youth volunteer work, will never be the same again in Portugal," he said.
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