The UEFA EURO 2012 has finished. The Spanish team once again proved, especially during the final game, that they are the best team in the world although Italians showed great valor as well. Of course footlball is the most important thing here but the Euro championship as any other huge sport event is far more than just this. It is great oportunity for hosting countries to promote themselves since thousands of fans are coming to suport their teams. It is also a chance for young people to gain some meaningful experiences as volunteers serving this event. It is interesting to have a closer look on how the work of these people on whom a big part of the success of the event depends, looks like.
The Tournament was very open for all kind of young people. The only criteria were being at least 18 years old and having a communicative level of English. Volunteers could choose to work in 13 areas like at stationary and mobile inforamtion points, airports, bus and train stations, carparks, infolines etc. They were guides, translators, and media crew. Depending on the task, volunteers had from three to six trainings in the fields like: principles of volunteering, UEFA EURO Championship (history etc.), organisation of the Tournament, first aid, intercultural communication and others. Additionally, all volunteers were given official Tournament clothes, certificates, one hot meal per day, insurance and the possibility to use public transport for free.
“During the tournament, my team was responsible for several things: providing information to journalists, the issue of SAD (pass on the various zones of the stadium the day of Match), the media tribune (tribune media), the mixed zone (the zone in which the players give interviews on the way back, stadium-coach), the conferring press (press conference)” – says Ania Gawroñska, a volunteer. “I learned what to look at while coordinating the work of other people and to respect the time of people with whom I work. For sure I met very nice people, some of whom are really valuable people to keep in touch. I hope that because of what I have seen on the tournament I will use these skills and one day I will organize mass events” – concludes Ania.
Newmail Journalist and Researcher