10,000 super heroes count themselves in
23 July 2002
It was the biggest volunteer recruitment drive in the UK in peacetime and one of the major success stories of the Commonwealth Games.
Over the next two weeks, the 10,000-strong Crew 2002 will put in 1,260,000 hours to ensure the Games run smoothly.
The Crew 2002 volunteer programme, recruited and trained by Adecco, official staffing sponsor for the Games, was launched in May 2001 with an appeal to the country to “Count Yourself In”.
More than 400 people visited the dedicated Volunteer Centre on its first day of opening and thousands more followed in their footsteps, all eager to play their own part in the biggest multi-sport event ever held in the UK.
In just eight months the Volunteer Centre received over 20,000 applications and matched over 10,000 volunteers to a huge range of roles.
These include media and broadcast roles, helping with the protocol team, athlete, media and VIP accreditation, ticketing, transport, ushering and specialist services such as medicine, IT and sport.
Every member of Crew 2002 was invited to a special evening in April to kick-start their training programme. Celebrate Crew 2002, held at the Manchester Evening News Arena, was a huge party to get everyone geared up for the Games and feel proud to be a volunteer. Over 8,000 volunteers attended.
The celebration was followed by extensive venue and job specific training to make sure all members of Crew 2002 were 100 per cent prepared for their individual roles.
Every volunteer has also received a full set of uniform, provided by ASDA, including a distinctive flat cap.
Amy Parrish-Rett, Head of the Volunteers Programme, said: “Our dedicated members of Crew 2002 are the public face of the Commonwealth Games and the driving force behind the scenes.
“They are already welcoming the world to Manchester as the countdown to this once-in-a-lifetime event reaches just two days - you can’t go anywhere in town without seeing a Crew member in their uniform.
“Volunteers will not only have a wonderful experience at Games time but they will also learn skills that will be invaluable to them afterwards.”
Darren Campbell, Manchester born Olympic silver medallists said: “The work the volunteers are doing is fantastic. They make me proud to be a Mancunian.”
Australia’s Hockey captain Katrina Powell added: “In Sydney the volunteers really made the Olympic Games special. Having met many volunteers already here in Manchester, they have already shown they are going to an amazing job as well. They really are the champions.”
The youngest volunteers are 16-years-old. The oldest volunteer, who is 87-years-old, will be working at the City of Manchester Stadium during the Rugby sevens.
Volunteers come from far and wide - there are 24 from Australia, six from Canada, two from Brazil and France, and more from Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Over 2,000 people completed the Pre Volunteer Programme (PVP), a unique scheme open to people from disadvantaged communities in the North West. Almost 700 are now crew 2002 volunteers.
During the Games, Adecco will announce one lucky winner a day of the Adecco Crew 2002 Champion’s Award. - specially presented to exceptional volunteers.