Olympics volunteering starts today

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games wants to recruit 70,000 people through an application process that lasts six weeks

Lord Coe (left) and London Mayor Boris Johnson (right) launch an earlier appeal for specialist volunteers
Lord Coe (left) and London Mayor Boris Johnson (right) launch an earlier appeal for specialist volunteers

People who want to volunteer for the London 2012 Olympic Games can do so from this morning.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has opened the volunteering application process and is calling on people to volunteer for roles including welcome desk staff, ticket checkers, costume assistants, drivers and event stewards.

Locog is looking for 70,000 volunteers overall.

A spokeswoman for Locog said Life-Time UK Alliance, which is an umbrella body of volunteering organisations including Volunteering England and TimeBank, had been consulted on how best to run the volunteering programme.

Lord Coe, chair of Locog, said: "We want the best team players in the UK to apply, people who show the same qualities as our athletes, including dedication, focus and grace under pressure."

The application process will be be open for six weeks. From January 2011, applicants who have been successfully short-listed will be invited to selection events taking place all over the country from February 2011 for a year.

 To volunteer go to: http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteer.

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