27 July 2022
On your marks! Volunteers needed to ensure Games are a winner
With less than a year to go until the NatWest International Island Games 2023, another recruitment drive for volunteer ‘Games Makers’ has been launched. So far, there has been a great response with around 660 volunteers registered, but the organisers want to reach the target of 1,000 by the end of September.
The stepping up of the recruitment campaign has been timed to coincide with the start of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, and the 10th anniversary of the London Olympics. Both these events are testament to the crucial role that volunteers play in making a memorable experience.
When people sign-up they can specify an area or sport they wish to help if they have a preference, and the amount of time they can commit to. Volunteers will need to be available for a minimum of 4 x 6 hour shifts during the Games week, 8-14 July 2023.
There is a wide variety of roles listed on the website. These include marshals, car parking supervisors, medals coordinators, social media editors, catering assistants, administrators, and everything else in between to help the Games run smoothly.
Training will be provided, and all volunteers will receive a colourful and distinctive uniform, which will be unveiled in the coming months. Most of the roles don’t require any formal experience or qualifications, just positivity and dedication.
One challenge, for example, is finding enough mini-bus drivers. The organisers are particularly keen to hear from anyone with a category D or D1 driving license.
Most of the volunteers will only be needed to work during the week itself, but some help is required immediately, for example in accommodation coordination, and office support.
The NatWest International Island Games 2023 will be the biggest sporting event the island has ever hosted. There are 24 islands taking part, and around 3,500 athletes and team members have indicated that they are coming.
Known as the friendly Games, the tagline ‘Inspiring Islanders’ has been added to Guernsey 2023 to reflect the power of sport to create a legacy of physical activity, wellbeing, and international friendship.
Wayne Bulpitt, the Director of Volunteering for the Organising Committee for the NatWest International Island Games 2023, said the volunteers will be the heart and soul of it.
‘The Games are run almost entirely by volunteers, so that’s why they are known as ‘Games Makers’ because without them there would be no Games.
‘They play a vital part in making both the athletes’ and the spectators’ experience very special.
‘It has been extremely encouraging to see that people of all ages and all walks of life have already been signing up.’
Katrina Bray is one of the 660 people who have already registered to become a volunteer. She said she was looking forward to meeting new people and making memories.
‘It is a real thrill to be involved in making such a big event happen.
‘I’ll be able to say that I was there, and I was part of it. I’ll never be an athlete, so this is my opportunity to give back to the island.’
People who register their interest in becoming a volunteer may have to undertake a vetting process, depending on the role. All applicants will have to attend a timed slot, lasting a maximum of 90 minutes, on one of these two dates:
- 24 September 2022 – Saturday
- 2 October 2022 – Sunday
Separate arrangements will be made for those unable to attend either of these days.
All volunteering positions will be confirmed in the autumn, and all volunteers will be asked to attend training and information sessions on each of the following dates, the last involving visiting the various key venues etc.
- 04 February 2023 Saturday
- 01 April 2023 Saturday
- 13 May 2023 Saturday
The reason why volunteers are being signed up now is because it takes time to assign roles, do the training, and sort out the uniforms and accreditation passes. Applicants need to be over the age of 16.
Visit our volunteer registration page to register your interest.