The army of volunteers who were the face of Glasgow during the London 2012 Olympic Games football matches at Hampden Park have been recognised at a fantastic awards ceremony held at Glasgow City Chambers.
The Glasgow Ambassador Programme, led by Glasgow Life, recruited 180 people who had either lived, worked, volunteered or studied in the city to assist with the delivery of the Olympic football matches. The Glasgow Ambassadors received full training and used the Women’s 10K and London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay as test events in the build up to the Games.
As the face of Glasgow, the Ambassadors were stationed in the city centre and last mile routes around Hampden Park, where they welcomed over 80,000 spectators for five days of football. They also helped welcome some 95,000 people to the Merchant City Festival which ran alongside the football as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Their role was formally recognised at a Glasgow Ambassadors Celebration Evening in Glasgow City Chambers, where they were each presented with an official London 2012 Olympic Games souvenir teamwork relay baton.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said:
“It is no exaggeration to say that the tireless work of volunteers including the Glasgow Ambassadors is making our sporting world all the better. Glasgow is one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities and that is down to a number of factors including our international events programme and our continued investment in world-class facilities such as the stunning new £113 million Emirates Arena.
“But as a sporting city we would be nothing without volunteers, and that was clear for everyone to see this summer. Glasgow welcomed the London 2012 Olympic Games with the help of an army of volunteers working as Glasgow Ambassadors to ‘meet and greet’ spectators from all over the world. They were the public face of Glasgow and they did us proud.”
Since then the Glasgow Ambassadors have continued to play a crucial role in many of the city’s major sporting venues and events including the opening of the Emirates Arena and the recent UCI Track Cycling World Cup.