24 August 2009
With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.
Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.
“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.
“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to the world.”
“Face of the World Cup”
Jordaan stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as “the face of the World Cup” and “the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament”.
Johannesburg is leading the pack, with 11 969 volunteer applications for the Ellis Park and Soccer City venues, followed by Pretoria with 6 176 applications, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) with 4 752, Cape Town with 4 356, and Durban with 3 971.
Specific skills needed
Despite the high number of applications, the LOC is encouraging those who want to apply to still do so, as volunteers with specific skills, including those with driver’s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers, are needed.
Volunteers can apply through Fifa.com, while those without internet access, or those who want more information about the programme and how to apply, can call the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.