Volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be known as the Clyde-siders, it was revealed today (Monday, 7 October).
On the day when the first group of successful applicants learned what role they will have at the Games, they also discovered what they would be collectively known as.
The name 'Clyde-siders' was chosen by the Glasgow 2014 frontrunners, the pre-Games volunteers who conducted all of the volunteer interviews.
Glasgow 2014 received a record-breaking 50,811 applications for up to 15,000 volunteer roles with the first offers going out to people for those roles where all interviews have been completed.
This is a gradual process, however, so people who do not hear straight away are urged to be patient as they could yet be part of the Games and interviews will continue until December.
Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 mascot, was at the River Clyde today to host the naming ceremony alongside some of the first people to be chosen.
The name is also a deliberate nod to the famous and historic river which runs through the heart of Glasgow and provides such a focal point for the city's residents.
Those applicants who are not successful still have plenty of opportunities to stay Involved with the Games and help ensure their success such as the Queen's Baton Relay and the Cultural programme.
The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is now open. Created by Big Lottery Fund with support from Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Government, the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is a discretionary fund to help Scottish volunteers whose individual circumstances means they need assistance towards the cost of participating.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chair of Glasgow 2014, said:
"Glasgow 2014 fully appreciates the time and commitment shown by all candidates who were selected for interview for what is Scotland's largest ever peacetime recruitment drive.
"I am confident those selected will enjoy what is a fantastic opportunity to become a part of the Games and will help to deliver its success.
"The Clyde-siders, as our volunteers are to be known, will be the friendly faces of the Games, the first point of contact for many people, and are bound to inject their personalities into the event."
Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said:
"The Games is harnessing Scotland’s passion for sport to increase levels of volunteering. Every one of the 15,000 Clyde-siders selected will help make this the best ever Commonwealth Games by creating a fantastic welcome for athletes, spectators and visitors.
"For those Clyde-siders who may need extra support, like those with a disability or care responsibilities, the £500,000 Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is now open. It will help Scottish volunteers to overcome practical and financial barriers to help make their volunteering dreams a reality and provide valuable new skills and experiences."
Fiona McEwan, Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:
“The volunteers are the lifeblood of every major Games and in addition to playing a functional role, they bring the colour and culture of the host nation to the event.
“Scotland is well known for its hospitality and warm welcome to visitors and I am sure that the Clyde-siders will do our country proud next summer.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“This is another momentous day for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as we find out about the first of the volunteers.
“The Clyde-siders will be the face of the Games for so many people as we welcome our visitors from around the world. Everyone lucky enough to be a volunteer can look forward to playing a key role in what will be an amazing event in Glasgow next summer.”
Emma Blore, 23, from Dumfries and Galloway, assigned to Commonwealth Games Association Assistant in CGA Relations at the Athletes Village, said:
"I live in a tiny village In Dumfries and Galloway called Mossdale and what I'm looking forward to most in Glasgow is the atmosphere. I'm also looking forward to an amazing feeling of pride of being part of this major event.
"I have studied Sports Studies and Tourism and hope the Glasgow 2014 volunteering experience will help me get the job of my dreams in the future.
"At London 2012, I volunteered as part of the Athletes Services Team based in Glasgow looking after the men's football teams and their delegations and everyone I met was really friendly. I also volunteered at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup last year at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
"I want everyone who visits to feel right at home in Glasgow and hope to experience a great camaraderie with the other volunteers and staff."
Lindsay Barr, 66, from Clarkston in Glasgow, assigned to Quality Assurance Team Member for Results Technology at Commonwealth House, said:
"I was born, brought up and spent most of my working career in Glasgow before retiring and decided to volunteer for Glasgow 2014 to give something back to the city that has shaped my life.
"This is the biggest event Glasgow has hosted in my lifetime and I want to be part of something which showcases our city and allows me to share the thrills and excitement with my grandchildren.
"I have been involved in volunteering since my twenties and been heavily involved with Giffnock Tennis, Squash and Hockey club. I have also led a musical group for more than 20 years.
"As a runner in my youth, I've always had a keen interest in athletics. I'm looking forward to world-class athletes competing on my doorstep and it will be inspiring to work alongside people from all over the Commonwealth with the common aim of being the best we can be."
Katherine Spoors, 31, from Newcastle, assigned to Spectator Services Team Member, said:
"As soon as the volunteer applications opened back in January 2013 I knew I wanted to be a part of the Commonwealth Games experience and help the beautiful city of Glasgow put on an amazing show.
"I'll be working as part of Spectator Services so I will be making sure everyone who attends the Games has a brilliant and unforgettable time.
"I went to the London 2012 football as a spectator and was struck by how friendly the volunteers were at the venue and that really stayed with me.
"Now I'll be the one interacting directly with spectators and, together with the other volunteers, want to help create an exhilarating atmosphere which we will all remember forever."
Becky-Campbell Booth, 33, from Dundee, assigned to Team Member for Games Workforce at Barry Buddon, said:
"I missed the opportunity to be a Games Maker at London 2012, but now I feel I'm getting a second chance with Glasgow 2014 and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
"I already do some volunteering for the British Red Cross and Cruse Bereavement Scotland and enjoy making a difference to people's lives in the community.
"I am a student at the University of Dundee and am looking forward to an experience that I will learn a lot from and will stay with me for life.
"On the social side of It, I hope to meet people and make friends, while, at the same time, being a part of history. I'm so excited and can't wait for the Games to begin."
Note to Editors
1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP and Emirates. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors
3. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.
4. For more information about the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot go to www.vds.org.uk/volunteersupportpot and fill in the online form. The website also has case studies, guidance, and other useful information available to you. An application form can be sent directly or can be completed over the phone. It is easy and simply to apply. Anyone wanting to speak to member of the Volunteer Support Pot team can phone 01786 849771 for help, advice or further information.