Major sporting events have a language all of their own. If you are volunteering at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer, you’ve probably already come across some unfamiliar jargon!
Among the most important terms you’ll hear is Accreditation. This describes how we go about granting access to venues and other areas of the Games to key people, like our volunteers. The photo ID volunteers will soon be given is also referred to as an Accreditation Pass.
We caught up with Accreditation expert Rona Adam for an inside view of how it all works!
“After living away from Scotland for 10 years, including volunteering at the London Olympics, Glasgow 2014 was a great reason for me to finally come home – like everyone else I can’t wait for the Games to get started.
“We’ve got a huge task ahead of us. Around 70,000 people (including clyde-siders) need to be accredited for the Games to happen safely and securely.”
It sounds like a huge responsibility, but Rona and the team aren’t daunted by the challenges ahead.
“It is a big job and takes a lot of preparation, but it’s also a lot of fun. We get to welcome people to Glasgow 2014, and it’s important to us to make that experience positive.
“We’ve recruited a great team of clyde-siders to help, and with Accreditation and Uniform collection taking place side by side, our clients can expect an atmosphere that’s really buzzing!”
So what else should you expect from a visit to the Uniform and Accreditation Centre (UAC)?
“A really slick process! Seriously, it sounds technical but in reality it’s nothing to worry about – we hope you enjoy it and if you have any problems, we’re here to help. The most important message I have for everyone is to remember to bring the correct documentation – as with the interview process – otherwise you won’t be able to collect your Accreditation Pass.
“The great thing about having our UAC at Kelvin Hall is that it’s in the heart of one of the trendiest parts of Glasgow – the West End – and right next door to the amazing Kelvingrove Art Gallery. So whether you’re interested in fine art, or exploring a bit of Glaswegian bohemia – you’ll find plenty to occupy you during your visit”
“We can’t wait to meet you all!”