400 volunteers needed for Exeter’s Rugby World Cup
Exciting opportunities to get involved in Rugby World Cup 2015 in Exeter have been revealed as part of the Rugby World Cup campaign called The Pack.
Rugby World Cup 2015 announced that it would be looking to recruit 6,000 volunteers nationally – of which 300 will be involved in and around Exeter’s match venue at Sandy Park, and 50 to 100 volunteers in and around the city and the Fanzone in Northernhay Gardens.
Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “This is an exciting and unique opportunity to get involved in sporting history.
“The city is looking to recruit between 350 and 400 volunteers to help in the Fanzone, in and around the city and to assist at Sandy Park.”
Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe OBE said: “With the Rugby World Cup coming to Exeter next year, we are already beginning to see the excitement levels build in and around not just the city itself, but also the region as a whole. The volunteer programme offers a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.
“I’ve no doubt that there will be huge interest from local people, all of whom will be keen to promote and assist in showcasing the city of Exeter and the Westcountry as a whole.”
The Fanzone will be open for up to 18 days with free entry throughout the tournament, and will show live matches on a big screen, hold a variety of events and entertainment for fans and families, and a wide range of food stalls and beer tents.
Other events will be held elsewhere in the city centre to attract visitors to the city and the Fanzone from the rest of the UK and international visitors.
There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities to include Fanzone support, crowd control, driving officials, translation services and providing visitor information in the Fanzone and throughout the city.
Predominately based outside the match venue of Sandy Park, volunteers will be the friendly face providing directions to visitors from all over the world while creating a memorable and exciting atmosphere.
Applications will begin on March 17 until April 17 through an online process, and if successful will then take part in selection events (‘Try Outs’) across England and Cardiff, including Exeter on July 21 – 28, with successful members of ‘The Pack’ confirmed in early 2015.
Members of the general public can register their interest in joining ‘The Pack’ at www.Rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers and details will be sent directly to all those signed up to The Front Row – the official newsletter for Rugby World Cup 2015 (www.Rugbyworldcup.com/frontrow).
Here’s a film about The Pack[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj8HU6S-8AU]
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