Volunteers at major sporting events in this country are becoming part of the experience.
Think about the Games Makers at London 2012, and the equally eager-to-please Tour Makers in Yorkshire’s Tour de France.
Organisers of the Rugby World Cup are hoping to tap into that by attracting 6,000 volunteers to join ‘The Pack’ to help next year’s tournament run as smoothly as possible.
World Cup winner Jason Robinson was on hand at Leeds Beckett University yesterday to inform and enlighten those who had gone to ‘try outs’ to interview for volunteer positions.
“The volunteers I have met are very passionate and they know how big an occasion it’s going to be and they want to be involved,” said Robinson.
“Look at any sporting event, volunteers are key to it working well. We need them to do the meet and greets, help people with transport etc.
“These volunteers will be part of ‘The Pack’, they will make a huge difference and it will be a great experience for them.
“It’s great that we’ve got the World Cup coming to Elland Road. I’ve played there myself, I’ve been there as a fan, so it’s going to be fantastic for Leeds and for Yorkshire.”
Volunteers were interviewed yesterday for the chance to be part of ‘The Pack’.
One would-be volunteer was Andy Roe of York.
“Rugby unites my family,” he said. “My dad’s a Scotland fan so we’ve already applied for tickets for the game at Elland Road.
“I was a Tour Maker at the Tour de France and it’s great to play a part.”
Maz Karolia of Bradford said: “I just wanted to meet Jason Robinson.
“I’ve been a volunteer for 30 years and I love the teamwork of rugby union.”
Successful volunteers will be informed in January.