More than 40,000 people register to be volunteers at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Huge interest demonstrates the volunteering legacy of the London Olympics Games Makers, organisers say

Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games

More than 40,000 people have already signed up to be volunteers at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Organisers said around a third of the registrations came from England and the rest of the UK, showing the legacy of the London 2012 Games Makers was still evident.

The majority, approximately 25,000 of the potential volunteers, come from Scotland. People from Wales and Northern Ireland have also registered their interest online.

Application will open in mid-January for people to secure places as volunteers. Up to 15,000 volunteers will then be recruited for Glasgow 2014.

Valerie Mitchell, head of games workforce for Glasgow 2014, said: "We have always emphasised that we cannot provide travel or accommodation expenses, so it shows the level of commitment and interest in volunteering."

"While we launched our campaign with the message that we were seeking Scotland’s friendliest faces, it was always our intention to attract people from across the UK.

"We are delighted that the awareness of the many opportunities to volunteer at the games has clearly extended well beyond Scotland and right across Britain."

The most registrations came from Glasgow, followed by Edinburgh. In England, the most people registering came from London, followed by Birmingham and Newcastle.

To register interest in becoming a volunteer at the games, go to http://volunteer.glasgow2014.com.

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