Thousands of volunteers will be recruited to support the organisation and running of UEFA EURO 2016, with many participating in operations around the ten host cities in June/July 2016. A wide variety of roles will be available in media and guest services, marketing and hospitality among others.
The recruitment campaign is scheduled to start in mid-2015, and relevant information on the recruitment process and timings will appear here. About 50 volunteers assisted UEFA's full-time staff around the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, which took place on 23 February 2014.
Volunteers are a critical component for the success of UEFA EURO 2016 as they will most often be the first contact visitors to the tournament will have. Volunteers not only support the implementation of operations, but also lend enthusiasm and add a unique host country flavour, providing visitors and participants with an unforgettable experience. UEFA EURO 2016 would be impossible to organise without the help and dedication of volunteers.
Apart from having the chance to be part of this historic event, UEFA EURO 2016 volunteers will enjoy a range of interesting benefits, including training, meals and beverages while on duty, and uniforms.
UEFA EURO 2012 experience
In Poland and Ukraine, organisers received a record 23,965 applications from fans worldwide to work as a volunteer. Ultimately more than 5,000 volunteers aided UEFA's full-time staff in 20 areas of operation, working at official UEFA EURO 2012 sites such as stadiums, airports and hotels.
Volunteering is for young and old alike – or both, in the case of sexagenarian Kurt Emil Gschwend, who volunteered in his Swiss homeland in 2008 and then cycled 2,700km to help out in Kyiv at UEFA EURO 2012. "It took me 23 days," he said of the journey. "I've met very friendly people and have the opportunity to work, and at the same time relax with my body and soul."
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