Glasgow 2014’s Workforce Training Manager Stuart Coyle tells us a little bit about what successful volunteers can expect from our training programme.
What can you tell us about the Glasgow 2014 training programme?
Whether you’re new to volunteering or a veteran of major events, our top priority is to make sure you’re fully prepared and ready to enjoy taking part in the Games.
There are four main elements to the training – Orientation, Role-Specific, Venue Specific and (for leadership roles) Event Leadership.
I believe our training will have lasting benefits for everyone involved. Our goal is to make it interesting, informative and fun. We’ve focused on the things that will really matter and thought carefully about our volunteers’ needs – especially as a lot of volunteers will be travelling long distances to attend the training.
I’d love to be able to share more of the ideas we’re working on, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises!
What do you think the impact of volunteers will be on Glasgow 2014?
Despite everything that’s been said and written already, I’m not sure people really ‘get’ how important volunteers are. It’s not easy to put into words, but I honestly believe that volunteers will come to define the spirit of these Games and that when it’s all over, people will be left amazed by their contribution.
My team’s job is to give people the tools they need to play their part and we’re very proud to be involved.
You’ve got a big responsibility – do you ever feel nervous?
I love my job, and the sense of energy and enthusiasm everyone involved in the Games has is infectious. However, this is definitely the biggest thing I’ve personally been involved in, so I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t feel a bit of pressure. But I’ve got a great team and I believe in what we’re doing.
If you could choose any celebrity to host the volunteer training, who would you pick?
Tough question! Any of Glasgow 2014’s Ambassadors would be amazing! But if I had to pick just one person, I think it would be Dynamo – Magician Impossible, to give him his full name.
What are you looking forward to most about Glasgow 2014?
I’m a huge sports fan, so just being involved in an event like this is fantastic, and as a longstanding (and suffering) Scotland football supporter I’m particularly excited to see Hampden Park being used as an Athletics venue.