Hoodless in offer to supply Games with army of volunteers

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, executive director of volunteer group CSV, has said she would be willing to work with the Government to help it attract 70,000 volunteers if London wins the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, despite being snubbed when she made the same offer for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Hoodless said the Government's target for London 2012 of 70,000 volunteers was feasible, provided it learned lessons from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"Volunteering was planned seven years ahead. Everyone was provided with a uniform, a timepiece, lots of training and given a chance to watch events."

Last week, Home Secretary David Blunkett shared a platform with Voluntary Sector Minister Fiona Mactaggart and Olympic bid chairwoman Barbara Cassani to announce the UK target.

Hoodless said that, if required, CSV would be willing to develop a strategy to harness existing sources of volunteers.

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