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BADMINTONscotland launches Volunteer Portal

Thursday 03 March 2016

BADMINTONscotland today launched its Volunteer Portal to enlist new recruits to join their existing army of helpers with just 17 months to go until the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 comes to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

The portal, powered by VolunteerKinetic, is an easy way to sign up for the biggest badminton event to come to Scotland since the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

BADMINTONscotland has a great track record for showcasing the sport, having staged the World Individual Championships and Sudirman Cup World Team Championships in 1997 and the Sudirman Cup in 2007 as well as the badminton event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 will see the cream of the sport competing at the Emirates Arena from 21-27 August, 2017.

And YOU could be part of it by signing up as a volunteer. Just go to volunteer.badmintonscotland.org.uk

China’s Chen Long and Spain’s Carolina Marin will both be chasing their third singles titles in a row while England and GB stars Chris and Gabby Adcock will be looking to repeat their gold medal success at Glasgow 2014 with another podium finish. Chris has already won World silver with Scotland’s Imogen Bankier in 2011 and would love to follow up his and Gabby’s 2015 World Superseries Final success with gold in Glasgow.

Scotland’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour will lead the home challenge as she looks to build on her Glasgow 2014 success.

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “We have a great reputation for staging major events but we couldn’t do it without the loyal support of our volunteer work force.

“For the World Championships we will require more volunteers than ever before if we are to make Glasgow 2017 the biggest and best World Championships to date.

“It is a great opportunity to build a legacy for badminton in Scotland. As a governing body you aspire to host these events, not just because they are exciting but because they provide us the opportunity to promote and develop our sport in so many unique ways.

“We know we have a committed community of volunteers in BADMINTONscotland that will help make this event special, but it is our ambition to open this opportunity to people outside the badminton family and use it as a catalyst to grow our sport over the next four years.

 “World class venues and events are fantastic, but supporting people who are passionate about your sport as volunteer officials, coaches, and event staff to name just a few of the jobs we have on offer; is what will drive the continued growth of our sport”.

 “VolunteerKinetic has provided a simple solution to how we identify, recruit and retain our volunteers that will be great for the World Championships but more importantly it will leave a sustainable legacy that we can continue to build on going forward.

“There are all kinds of roles where we need volunteers, such as drivers, stewards, hostesses, shuttle control, information assistants, liaison officers, interpreters and media assistants, especially media students.

“We already have lots of volunteers supporting us who have also worked on other tournaments all over the UK but newcomers are welcome from home and abroad and will soon be shown the ropes by our existing crews.

“The Scottish Open Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena in November would be a great first step for new volunteers.” “Volunteering a a great way of making new and long-standing friendships and you don’t have to know anything about badminton to fill many of our roles ... but obviously it helps.”

So don’t delay, volunteer today at volunteer.badmintonscotland.org.uk

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