Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, and former Scottish rugby international Scott Hastings today (29 Feb) issued a call for volunteers to join the team for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s in May.
The HSBC World Sevens Series rolls into Scotstoun Stadium on 5-6 May, featuring some of the world’s fittest and fastest athletes. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the events industry, helping to deliver some of the biggest and most exciting events on the sporting calendar.
Dozens of volunteers will be needed in Glasgow over the May weekend to help the event run smoothly – looking after the athletes, the fans and everyone in between. There's little more than a week left to get involved with a deadline for applications of March 7. Those looking to take part can register at www.eventteamscotland.org
Delivered by EventScotland in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland; Event Team Scotland matches volunteers with a number of high-profile sporting and cultural events, while giving event organisers access to a strong workforce. As part of the Scottish Government’s Games Legacy programme, Event Team Scotland will provide a platform for the development and training of an experienced volunteer workforce in the years leading to Scotland hosting both the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Speaking outside the iconic Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, Shona Robison MSP, said: “The Scottish Government is delighted to be backing the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s and I hope that the city of Glasgow really gets behind what will be a fantastic weekend of genuinely world-class sport. As we head towards Glasgow 2014 this offers a glimpse of the kind of spectacle we can expect to see for the Commonwealth Games and volunteers will play a vital role in the success of the games."
Councillor Archie Graham said: “We know from experience the vital role that volunteers play in the delivery of major sporting events and it will be no different at the Glasgow 7s. Volunteers are at the very heart of our world-class events programme and I have no doubt they will help ensure that the Glasgow 7s is a roaring success. We are looking forward to putting on a real show at Scotstoun and can’t wait for the action to get underway.”
Scott Hastings added: “I’m lucky enough to get to see the HSBC Sevens World Series all around the world and there is a real buzz already about what to expect from Glasgow in May. Even if you don’t know what sevens rugby is all about, come and find out. Not only is this a Commonwealth Games Sport but in four years time will also be Olympic Sport (Rio de Janerio in 2016).
"It’s a two day party and for the first time Glasgow gets to savour what is a unique atmosphere. I want to see Glasgow rival anything that Las Vegas or Tokyo can offer. That’s my challenge to Glasgow!”
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series and will take place at Scotstoun Stadium for the first time this year on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. Early Bird tickets for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s are on sale now at the price of just £10 for those who buy before the end of the RBS 6 Nations (17 March). All concessions are at half the equivalent adult price. Tickets will be sold for particular stands and designated days, with two-day ‘weekend’ tickets also available.
For more information on the tournament and for the latest news on Scotland 7s visit www.glasgow7s.com and follow us on Twitter @Glasgow7s