Galal Yafai supports the Commonwealth Games drive for volunteers
THE 2022 Commonwealth Games are looking for volunteers. The Birmingham 2022 Games is searching for 13,000 volunteers.
The majority of volunteer roles don’t need any formal experience or qualifications, with full training provided. Roles include drivers, first aiders, meet & greeters, venue preppers, kit carriers, courtside assistants, and everything in between to help the Games run smoothly and create a unique experience right across the West Midlands.
The 13,000 volunteers, who’ll form the ‘Commonwealth Collective,’ will receive approximately 250,000 hours of training and complete one million hours of volunteer time.
Applicants must be aged 18 by January 1 2022 and can select preferred areas of interest which include Event Services, Accreditation, Transport, Sport and Media. A young volunteer programme for 14-17 year olds will begin recruitment in the autumn.
To mark the launch of volunteering applications, Galal Yafai, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, took time out from his training for the Olympic qualification event to volunteer at the 5UP community boxing gym in Handsworth, a project supported by the United By Birmingham 2022 community programme.
Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands noted, “This is an incredible opportunity for residents across the West Midlands, and in particular young people, to get involved in the Commonwealth Games. We know these Games are going to be a once-in-a-generation moment for our region, so we must get as many people as possible involved.
“Everyone who volunteers will be given extensive training, helping them gain key skills to help with future job prospects. We are also of course using the Games to provide extensive employment opportunities alongside the volunteering roles.”
Applications are now open to be a volunteer at Birmingham 2022 and join the Commonwealth Collective. To apply and find out more, visit www.birmingham2022.com