How to be a part of the biggest Touch tournament in England’s history
In mid-July England Touch is hosting the 2018 European Touch Championships, and is now seeking volunteers to help make the tournament a success.
The European Touch Championships is the largest international tournament outside of the World Cup and this year over 15 countries will be represented. The 2018 tournament, which runs between Tuesday, July 17th (opening ceremony) and Saturday, July 21st at the University of Nottingham, will be the biggest ever edition and delivering it will require a dedicated group of volunteers to work as an efficient team across all aspects of the event.
England Touch is seeking volunteers across three areas:
Field of Play, including the set-up and cleardown of fields before and after play, reporting scores and incidents during games, and maintaining safe playing areas, communicating to teams, officials and spectators as required
Tournament Control, including the input of results and scorers, collating statistics, and managing team requests and enquiries
Media, including the creation of content for social media and websites, supporting the live filming and streaming of games, and setting up photo opportunities and interviews for print and web
England Touch and the European Federation of Touch will provide support and guidance before and during your appointment, and while tournament organisers will take into account skills and experience when assigning roles candidates should be able to display the following:
Effective verbal communication and negotiation, including across a language barrier
Be customer service oriented, showing patience, initiative and an ability to successfully resolve problems
Be a team player
Have a professional approach to be a face of the tournament
Adaptable to switch between roles
IT skills where the role requires
England Touch Chief Operating Officer Gregg Cropper says that the volunteers will be key in delivering an outstanding few days of international Touch.
“Any sports event relies on volunteers for it to be a success,” he said, “and the 2018 European Touch Championships is no different. It is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to be a part of an international event featuring teams from across Europe, and while it is not essential to understand Touch to be a part of the volunteer team we hope that people who are new to the sport will be properly converted to it by the end of the week.
“It is also a chance for members of our clubs or existing players to help deliver an outstanding event that will help to grow our sport.
“The UK has developed a superb reputation for putting on major sporting events and we want the 2018 European Touch Championships to follow in this tradition.”Interested people can register their interest now at www.tinyurl.com/2018ETC-VolunteerForm