Glasgow welcomed the London 2012 Olympic Games with the help of 180 volunteers working as Glasgow Ambassadors to ‘meet and greet’ spectators from all over the world as they visited Hampden Park for 5 days of Olympic football.
Who are the Glasgow Ambassadors?
The Glasgow Ambassador Programme recruited the volunteers who either live, work, study or volunteer in the city. The Ambassadors received training for their role and used the Ignis Assets Women’s 10k and Olympic Torch Relay as test events in the build up to the games.
The Glasgow Ambassadors were stationed in the city centre and Last Mile routes around Hampden Park. The Ambassadors welcomed 95 000 people to the Merchant City Festival which was run as a parallel event to the games as part of the Cultural Olympiad as well as over 80 000 spectators to Hampden Park for the Games.
Ambassador Programmes were rolled out in all Olympic Host cities and councils to welcome spectators and give advice on activities to do in the city. Ambassadors could be seen in their bright pink and purple uniforms throughout the city and added to the unique atmosphere and colour that the Olympic Games brought to Glasgow.
One Ambassadors commented on her week ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed being an Ambassador - meeting new people, being involved in the Olympic Games in Glasgow and of course, helping the public and enjoying all their banter!’
Want to get involved?
If reading about the Ambassador Programme has got you thinking about getting involved as a volunteer, why not contact Glasgow Sport on 0141 287 5811 to find out more about getting involved.