Unpaid, but priceless

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The delighted faces of the 15,000 volunteers at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany looking after fans, officials, teams and media representatives will be one of the tournament's abiding memories.

The start of the comprehensive application programme for the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup on German soil coincided with the women's international between Germany and USA in Augsburg on 29 October 2009. " Without volunteers, a major event like a FIFA Women's World Cup would be inconceivable. The 2006 volunteer movement was fantastic, and I'm sure plenty of people from a variety of backgrounds will once again join and make a valuable contribution to the successful running of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The volunteers are the ones in direct contact with our guests, thus making them part of the wonderful and joyful family atmosphere at a Women's World Cup. They are 'unpaid, but priceless', " said Steffi Jones. A total of 4, 000 volunteers, with approximately 400 in each of the nine venues, will be required to make sure that the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany passes off without a hitch. Volunteers can support the Organising Committee in 12 different departments: Accreditation, Visitor Services, Hospitality, IT and Telecommunication, Logistics, Marketing, Media and Communications, VIP Services, Ticketing, Transportation and Traffic, Tournament and Match Organisation and Volunteer Management. Many famous names are lending their weight to the project, including OC president Steffi Jones and actor Joachim 'Blacky' Fuchsberger, also a member of the board of trustees of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Both will be the patrons of the programme. " It's great the extent to which people from all sorts of backgrounds join forces through the volunteers programme to make a concrete contribution to this big sports event. It's particularly nice to realise that all kind of people, young and old, priests and university professors, housewives and mothers, trainees and CEOs, can play their part. I'm especially looking forward to the international applicants. The volunteers programme underlines the fact that the World Cup is the result of teamwork, " commented Fuchsberger. Those interested in taking part can find the application form on the official web site www. FIFA. com/Germany2011. Applicants must be 18 years old and speak German as well as having a basic knowledge of English. During the first phase the OC will also be looking for volunteers for the FIFA U–20 Women's World Cup, being held from 13 July – 1 August 2010 in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden.

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