The UEFA EURO 2016 volunteers programme will launch on 30 May 2015 – a total of 6,500 helpers will be needed across the ten host cities.
Volunteers at the finals in France can expect to be part of an unforgettable experience. They will be a critical component for the success of the tournament as they will most often be the first contact that visitors will have. Volunteers not only support the implementation of operations, but also lend enthusiasm and add a unique host country flavour. UEFA EURO 2016 would be impossible to organise without the help and dedication of volunteers.
Must be …
• Available in June and July 2016
• Over the age of 18
• Customer orientated with at least basic English and French
• Uniform from adidas
• Meals and drinks while on duty
• Access to volunteer centre
30 May 2015: Official launch of the volunteer programme
June to November 2015: Recruiting days at the ten venues
December 2015: Volunteers on duty for finals draw in Paris
April to May 2016: Training (elearning and on site)
May 2016: Opening of the volunteer centre
June to July 2016: Volunteers on mission
A wide variety of roles will be available, including in media and guest services, marketing, hospitality, accreditation, transportation and logistics. Applications will be online only, beginning on Saturday 30 May. Applicants can expect to be interviewed between June and December, with training for successful candidates to follow in spring 2016. The volunteer programme will be implemented in Paris by the Association des Volontaires 2016, an organisation founded by the French Football Federation (FFF) and Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP).
Martin Kallen, UEFA Operations Director, said: "The volunteers are our ambassadors and from my experience, they will be crucial for the organisation of the tournament in France. It is also an opportunity for the French population to be part of this great event."
UEFA EURO 2012 experience
In Poland and Ukraine, organisers received a record 23,965 applications from fans worldwide to act 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 – consider 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 had the opportunity to work, and at the same time relax with my body and soul."
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