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UoB to Provide IAAF Games Volunteers
The University of Birmingham has announced that it will be the latest supplier of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, and will support its volunteer programme.
This event, described as ‘the biggest indoor sports event to be staged in the city for 15 years’, is launching from March 1st - 4th at Arena Birmingham.
“'It’s really important for us to take this opportunity to showcase Birmingham'
Almost 150 countries are planning to send teams to Birmingham for this event and 500 athletes will be competing. Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council and Chair of the Executive Steering Group for the Championships said, ‘as the host city, for this major sporting event, it’s really important for us to take this opportunity to showcase Birmingham’, as he announced the winning medal design.
UoB is regarded as a reliable supporter for the event’s volunteer programme as it is highly experienced, with its involvement in other international preparation camps and major events. It understands how important volunteers are in such a large-scale event, where they are called ‘Gems’ in the IAAF World Indoor Championships. UoB is trusted as a supplier in this event not only because of its experiences with volunteer programmes, but also because of the level of its academic excellence. As one of the Russell Group universities, UoB is the first academy offering sports-based degrees and has a high global ranking in sports science research.
“'Athletics is part of our heritage, and volunteering is an increasingly important part of our student experience'
Quite a few students and alumni of UoB are athletes and winners in international games. Jonny Davies, our sports scholar, won silver and bronze medals at the World University Games in Taipei. Zena Wooldridge OBE, who is the University of Birmingham’s Director of Sport, expressed her support for the programme, saying,
‘It’s a privilege to be a part of another global sporting event happening in Birmingham. In a university where athletics is part of our heritage, and volunteering is an increasingly important part of our student experience, our support for the Gems programme is a natural synergy. It’s an exciting opportunity for our own volunteer team to contribute to the success of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, whilst supporting some of our students to gain a unique and memorable volunteering experience from this event coming to Birmingham.’
There are six sessions in total within four days. Tickets for the sessions are currently on sale, however tickets for the Saturday PM slot and the Sunday slot have already sold out. More information about the event is available at their website.
Article by Hiu Ng