THE SEARCH FOR GLASGOW 2014 VOLUNTEERS BEGINS.

The hunt for volunteers has begun with just over 600 days to go until Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Around 15,000 people over the age of 16 are needed between July 23 and August 2 for a variety of positions working in competition and non-competition venues.

A centre has opened up on Albion Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City for people to find out more information and register their interest, online applications start in January with interviews being conducted next year.

Jamie Dunn (19), a second year computing student who is living in Glasgow, was down at the centre finding out more information: “I really want to get involved and volunteer to work at the Commonwealth Games – it would look really good on my C.V. and it is a once in a life time opportunity. It would be an interesting way to spend part of my summer.”

Recent polls suggest that around 25% of adults in Scotland have already expressed an interest.

Valerie Mitchell, from the Glasgow 2014 committee, said: “We are very encouraged by this survey as it shows there is an appetite among people in Scotland to go out and volunteer. But while this is positive news, there is no complacency on our part that we will get the numbers we require. We would urge people to visit the website and register their interest now and hope that they begin to think about how they could be involved to help make a success of the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to come to Scotland.”

Also comparing a survey completed in March to one after the Olympics in August show that interest in the Glasgow Games increased after the success in London, 15% more people said they would definitely buy tickets for the Commonwealth Games.

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