Applications to volunteer for 2014 Commonwealth Games top 50,000

The deadline for submission has passed with three times as many people applying as there are volunteer positions at the Glasgow games

Glasgow 2014 volunteers
Glasgow 2014 volunteers

More than 50,000 people have applied to be volunteers at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It means that the number of applications amounted to three times the number of volunteer places – a total of 50,811 people applied for the 15,000 positions.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said he was "absolutely delighted" with the response.

The deadline for applications has now passed. Organisers will now begin the process of shortlisting candidates for interviews, which will take place between April and December.   

Thirty-eight per cent of applicants were aged between 16 and 25, and people from every local authority area in Scotland applied.

Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: "It is great to see the amazing number of applications to volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience, and I am sure all of those lucky enough to take part in the games next summer will have something to treasure for the rest of their lives."

The games will take place between 23 July and 3 August next year.

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