London 2012 News: Organisers prime Scouts for duty

The Scout Association is set to become a major source of volunteers for the London 2012 Olympics.

With 70,000 volunteers needed to assist at about 50 venues across the country, London 2012 chair Lord Coe has already asked the association how many volunteers it can provide for the Games. Roles could include marshalling and stewarding at events and assisting at medal ceremonies.

The 2012 organising committee is also expected to tap into the association's experience of motivating large teams of volunteers.

"Scouting's experience of working with young people from all faiths using a massive volunteer team of adults will have a great part to play in the success of the Games," said Scout Association chief executive Derek Twine.

Twine wrote to Lord Coe last week to reaffirm the scouts' willingness to help.

More than 80 volunteering organisations from across the UK have signed a pledge to deliver the 70,000 volunteers required for the Games.

Volunteering body CSV has said it will adapt existing programmes, such as full-time gap year opportunities, for the Olympics. The charity also wants to ensure that volunteers from under-represented communities, such as people with learning difficulties, are involved.

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