With 500 days to go to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France, organisers are calling for volunteers to help at the event.
Some 20,000 spectators are expected at Caenzs d’Ornano Stadium for the opening ceremony on the evening of Saturday, 23 August 2014.
There is a day’s break to allow competitors and organisers to add their final preparations, with the equestrian competitions starting on Monday, August 25. The Games run until Sunday, September 7.
Organisers are seeking 3000 volunteers. Candidates must be 18 or over and be both motivated and available during the fortnight of competitions. Initially, 1000 volunteers will be trained to help out at the test events in 2013, with a further 1500 to 2000 to join their ranks in 2014. Candidates will be subject to a registration process, followed by an in-depth information and training course.
Recruitment starts on April 10.
Organising committee president Laurent Beauvais said the 3000 volunteers will represent the welcoming face of Normandy and will be the first contact that the public has with the event. “They will live by the values of openness and respect, which are the hallmarks of the Norman edition of the event. They will of course have full training to make them just as professional as anyone else on the organising team.”
“The London Olympics proved that any event is only as good as its volunteers. They hold the key to making a
successful, welcoming and friendly major international event. Our Normandie 2014 ‘Games Makers’ will be the very essence of the event.”
The Normandie 2014 Organising Committee is also inviting retailers and large and small businesses to join “Club Normandie 2014”.
Fabien Grobon, managing director of the Normandie 2014 Organising Committee said: “During the course of the next 15 months, the aim is to mobilise and bring together 2,014 “business supporters” that are willing to give their time and energy to promote the Games. A fantastic challenge lies ahead – everyone will get to see just how dynamic a place Normandy really is.”
The “Club” businesses are invited to get into the spirit of the Games; they’ll be invited to all sorts of different equestrian events. Neither sponsors nor suppliers, they will be joining a self-financing association. Membership fees will be calculated in proportion to the number of employees.
“Businesses are going to be talking about the Games, showing their involvement, promoting the event with pride. The Normandie 2014 Club will give them the means to mobilise their employees, partners and clients.”