Volunteer applications opened on July 20, 2009 and this morning, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) had received 15,042 applications from prospective volunteers in 133 countries, according to a statement from the Organising Committee.
This included 482 applications to volunteer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final draw in Cape Town in December and a further 188 for the Football for Hope
festival in Alexandra, Johannesburg during the tournament.
Volunteers will be required in areas such as transport,
media, marketing, logistics, accreditation, spectator services, language
support, administration and hospitality at the tournament’s ten stadiums and
nine host cities.
The OC will continue to accept applications until the
closing date on August 31, 2009, after which the 15,000 volunteers needed for the
2010 FIFA World Cup will be chosen.
“We’re delighted with the phenomenal response and the
enthusiasm from people to play their part in helping to successfully deliver
Africa’s first FIFA World Cup,” said the OC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Danny
“However, we encourage people to continue to apply until the
end of August to ensure we have the strongest possible volunteers to assist in
all functional areas. Language support, in particular, will be very important,
especially when it comes to assisting foreign fans that will follow their teams
to the tournament. So, while we’re very happy with the initial response, we
want to stress that the volunteer recruitment process is still very much open.”
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com