Other Olympic Volunteers
Have you got what it takes to be a Game Maker?
Our volunteers will make the Games happen, so we call them London 2012 Games Makers.
You’ve had the summer to find out if you’ve got what it takes – and now you canapply to be a London 2012 Games Maker!
If you’re still not sure whether volunteering at London 2012 is for you, don’t worry. Applications are open until midnight on 27 October 2010, so you’ve still got plenty of time to decide.
Follow these simple steps to find out what being a Games Maker is all about:
1. For an introduction, watch the short film.
2. For more details, read about the London 2012 Games Maker programme – from the difference between generalist and specialist Games Makers to whether you’re eligible.
3. Finally, to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a Games Maker, take the London 2012 Games Maker challenge.
Volunteers have been integral to both Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games since they were used for the first time at London 1948. So in 2012, the volunteer programme will be coming home to the city where it all began!
The opportunity of a lifetime
As a London 2012 Games Maker you will be one of the faces of London 2012, with the chance to show what the UK is all about: excellence, passion and positivity. Set against this truly inspirational backdrop you will build new friendships, develop skills and play an integral role at the heart of the largest event ever staged in the UK.
We will give you an official uniform to wear during your shifts, which you can keep after the Games as a souvenir.
We’ll also give you free meal vouchers to redeem during your shifts – volunteering will be hungry work!
It is important to understand the realities of being a Games Maker – you will not be giving trackside massages or firing the starting pistol! Volunteering will be hard work and time-consuming, and we’ll be relying on you every step of the way. Read about our values to see if your idea of what makes a great Games Maker is the same as ours.
Games Maker roles
We will recruit ‘generalist’ and ‘specialist’ Games Makers, for a wide range of roles. Many of these may be behind the scenes or may require you to work at anti-social times. Some Games Makers may have to work off-site in a warehouse distributing uniforms; others will be outside exposed to the elements for hours on end.
Coordinating up to 70,000 volunteers will be a hugely complex operation for us, so we need you to be as flexible as possible. You will not be able to change your shifts to attend events you may have a ticket for, and we will not be able to roster you with friends or family members.
We will recruit volunteers from across the UK, from a diverse range of communities and backgrounds. We value and embrace diversity – be it age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and belief or sexual orientation.
We want London 2012 to be the best Olympic and Paralympic Games ever, and one way to guarantee this is to make sure we select the right London 2012 Games Makers.
Our application process may seem quite long and detailed – this is because we want to find out all about you and make sure you’ve got what it takes to be a Games Maker. The journey to becoming a volunteer should be fun, and we’ve packed lots of information into this section to help you on the way, from application to selection and beyond.
It might be a slow process, but we promise it will be worth it!
If you are currently under 18, but will be 18 by 1 January 2012, your parent/guardian must consent to your application before we can accept it. You will be asked to provide their contact details at the end of the application form, and they will need to fill in the form below and post it to us.
Please note that this is form is not an application form. If you use this to apply you will not be registered in our system and therefore will not be considered for a Games Maker role. Do not complete this form unless you have completed an application form.
If you do not meet the age criteria, don’t worry! We will unveil our Young Games Maker programme for under 18s in summer 2011 – keep an eye out for more details.