Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a volunteer?
A. A volunteer is defined as someone who commits time and energy for the benefit of others, who does so freely, through personal choice, and without expectation of financial reward.
Q. Why volunteer for the Games?
A. This is your chance to be directly involved in the biggest sporting event ever held in the UK. The volunteers at the XVII Commonwealth Games will be the "face" of the Games. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the staging of the best ever Commonwealth Games. You will be a part of history, make new friends and create a legacy of volunteers for Manchester.
Q. What does it take to be a Games volunteer?
A. There will be volunteer opportunities for people of all levels of experience at the XVII Commonwealth Games. Some positions will require special skills in areas such as medicine, sport and technology. Other positions such as ushering, ticket taking and greeting visitors will simply require hard work and a high standard of customer service. We will ask all our volunteers to be as flexible as possible, as we are unable to guarantee a specific job when you apply.
To be a volunteer, you should be:
- 16 years of age by 1 December 2001;
- within easy daily travelling distance of Manchester;
- willing to work a minimum of 10 days in the two week run-up to the Games and Games time itself (each working day will be 8- 10 hours long);
- prepared to attend regular training sessions as early as January 2002 right up to the Games; and
- willing to undergo a security background check, which includes obtaining criminal records.
Q. What will be provided for volunteers?
A. Volunteers will be provided with an official Games uniform, food and beverages while on duty, valuable event training and a certificate as a memento of their Commonwealth Games experience.
Q. How old do I have to be to volunteer?
A. Volunteers must be 16 years of age by 1 December 2001. There is no upper age limit. In order to satisfy insurance requirements, if you volunteer to drive a Games vehicle, you must be over 25 years of age and have held a full UK licence for at least two years.
Q. Where will I work?
A. Volunteers will work at one of a number of different venues. A venue is a location where a Games-related activity takes place. There are two types of venues:
- competition venues - where sports are played.; and non-competition
- venues - where Games-related activity occurs but sport is not played.
Q. I live 100 miles away - will accommodation be provided for volunteers?
A. Regrettably no. Preference will be given to volunteers who live within daily travelling distance of Manchester.
Q. Do volunteers get free tickets for events?
A. No. Nobody, including members of the organising committee, will receive free tickets.
Q. How do I apply to be a volunteer?
A. Complete an application form online - do it now!