Recruitment Underway For Young Olympics Volunteers
Written by Geoff Newman on 26/07/2011
Recruitment of 2,000 young volunteers to carry out a range of essential roles at the London 2012 Olympics has begun.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) is looking to national sports governing bodies for the initial recruitment of 800 young specialists in particular sports for some of the roles.
It will then open up to applications from young people to carry out more general roles - such as mopping courts, carrying kits and being ball boys and girls - through a process of online recruitment on September 22.
The Locog HR director, Jean Tomlin, said that there will be some 250 teams of 16 to 18-year-olds carrying out essential roles at the games - dubbed 'Young Games Makers' - and that taking on the youngsters was fulfilling the promises made by chairman Lord Coe that secured the Games in 2005.
"These Young Games Makers are under the age of 18 and we wanted to make sure we provided the right environment for them, making sure they were selected appropriately and safeguarding them properly," she said. "We had to make sure they work the right hours, they've got the right roles, the right supervision and we take care of them."
The move to include the youngsters in the volunteering scheme came after Locog faced criticism last year when its Games Makers volunteer programme, aimed at attracting 70,000 volunteers for the event, was restricted to those over the age of 18.