B2022 seeks 13,000 volunteers to deliver historic Games
7th June 2021
The search to find more than 13,000 volunteers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has begun. Applications opened to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, with the aim of providing a community of passionate people with the chance to play a vital role in delivering the Games in just over a year’s time.
The volunteers – known as the “Commonwealth Collective” – will be a dedicated and dynamic group that will reflect the diversity of the West Midlands as well as the modern Commonwealth.
They will be the public face of Birmingham 2022 and represent the heart and soul of the Games experience for athletes, officials, spectators and a global audience of over one billion.
The Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, is the largest sporting and cultural event ever to be held in the West Midlands and the biggest in the UK for a decade.
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 region.
Applicants must be aged 18 by 1st January 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.
There are also three specialist volunteer roles for beach volleyball. Prospective candidates can apply to the roles specifically using one of the codes below as part of the volunteer application form:
- Sport (Beach Volleyball Specialist) – SPT-VBV
- Results Technology Services (Beach Volleyball Statisticians) – RTS-VBV
- Sports Presentation & Medals – SPP-VBV
25,000 shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview at the Volunteer Selection Centre between September and December 2021, which will be held at the iconic Library of Birmingham. Successful volunteers will be notified with a role offer from January 2022.
John Crabtree, Birmingham 2022 Chairman, said: “The pandemic has seen so many wonderful examples of people coming together to support their neighbours and each other and has served to underline what we have always known – that we are stronger together.
“We will now see this first-hand at Birmingham 2022 with the formidable Commonwealth Collective. Our volunteers will be part of something special and the Collective will celebrate the unique qualities of each and every one of them. We know that together the Collective will be a shining example of the best of the human spirit.”
Applications are now open to be a volunteer at Birmingham 2022 and join the Commonwealth Collective. To apply to join the Commonwealth Collective and find out more, visit www.birmingham2022.com/get-involved/volunteering