Island Games organisers launch appeal for 1,000 volunteers

The organisers of next year's NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey are appealing for islanders to sign up as volunteers.

They have set a deadline of 30 September 2020 to have 1,000 people registered for a variety of roles.

Around half of the required number of 'Games Makers' have already been recruited, including 83 team attaches.

Some of the roles volunteers are being sought for:

  • Welcome and departure roles at the Airport and Harbour

  • Event co-ordination and management

  • Catering management and staffing

  • Information officer

  • Marshalls, stewards and car parking supervisors

  • Medal ceremonies

  • A variety of medical roles from First Responders, paramedics to physiotherapists and more specialist sports medical roles

  • Management and staffing of merchandising outlets

  • Videographers and photographers

  • Press and social media content editors and co-ordinators

  • Results technology services

  • Venue management teams

  • Announcers and commentators for events and streaming services

  • Road marshals

  • Mini-bus drivers

Guernsey 2021 is set to be the biggest sporting event ever staged in the island with some 3,500 athletes and team members expected to be involved.

Volunteers will be asked to commit to a minimum of four six-hour shifts during the week of the Games, following three days of training in the run up.

That training will include information related to specific roles, as well as basic first aid and security awareness.

The Games simply won't happen without volunteers - it's as simple as that. We're really fortunate to have a small number of professional staff and we will have a few more during the Games themselves, but without the 1,000 Games Makers we need, the individual sports events won't happen - they themselves are run primarily by volunteers, and the Games itself, so they're absolutely vital. But more importantly than that, showing off our island. As we know from previous Games held here, this is a fantastic event to make people feel really welcome, learn new skills, and get involved.

Wayne Bulpitt, Director of Volunteering, Guernsey 2021