The recruitment campaign for volunteer ‘Games Makers’ coincides with the start of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the 10th anniversary of the London Olympics, where the Games Makers showed the crucial role that volunteers play in making a memorable experience.
The tagline ‘Inspiring Islanders’ has been added to Guernsey 2023 – reflecting the power of sport to create a legacy of physical activity, wellbeing and international friendship.
Wayne Bulpitt, director of volunteering for the organising committee, said volunteers will be the heart and soul of the games.
‘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.’
Mr Bulpitt said it had been extremely encouraging to see people of all ages and walks of life signing up. With some 660 registered volunteers already on board, he was confident the committee would reach its goal of 1,000 by the end of September.
‘There is something for everybody,’ he said.
Why I have volunteered
KATRINA BRAY is one of the registered volunteers. She is thrilled to be involved in such a significant event.
‘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,’ she said.
‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.’
Jim Cobb, a PE teacher at St Sampson’s High School, said volunteering was a great opportunity to get involved with the games, and he hoped that students would sign up too.
‘We are aiming to get as many students involved as possible, even if they just watch parts of the games.’
Laura Le Maitre will also be volunteering for the games. She enjoys volunteering, and is particularly looking forward to working with new people.
‘It’s a really good opportunity – I’m looking forward to meeting people from around the world,’ she said.
Why the Games needs you
The 2023 NatWest island Games will be the biggest sporting event the island has ever hosted, with 24 islands taking part.
Some 3,500 athletes and team members have indicated they are coming.
There are many roles available, and training will be provided.
All volunteers will receive a uniform.
Most roles do not require any formal experience or qualifications.
When signing up, people can state their preferences as to how they wish to help, and the length of time to which they can commit.
Volunteers must be over the age of 16, and must be available for at least four six-hour shifts during the Games week, between the 8 and 14 July 2023.
To find out more or to register, visit: www.guernsey2023.gg