Organisers of this year’s ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament have commenced the recruitment process for Twenty20Vision, its 1000 member volunteer programme.
Beginning on 5 June, the two-week ICC World Twenty20 tournament brings together the top international male and female cricketers in a tough competition that pits nation against nation. The prize is to be crowned the World Twenty20 champions on 21 June at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket. The volunteers will be based at each of the tournament’s four venues: Lord’s, The Oval, Trent Bridge and Taunton.
The unveiling of the ICC World Twenty20 volunteer name and uniform comes ahead of the launch of the online volunteer registration portal on Monday 9 March.
Tournament Director Steve Elworthy said: “Twenty20Vision are the ambassadors of the ICC World Twenty20, this year’s most exciting cricket tournament.
“The UK has a strong and proud volunteering history and the ICC World Twenty20 volunteers will make a tremendous difference to the success of our event. Each volunteer will be an information point for spectators and support the work of stewards at venues.
“Our aim is to make everyone’s experience as rewarding as possible and volunteers will be the first point of contact for fans and families,” he said.
England’s Kevin Pietersen said: “Volunteers make an invaluable difference to events in the UK and around the world, and sports and volunteering have always worked together to bring benefit to local communities. The volunteers who give up their time for the ICC World Twenty20 will add a significant value to the tournament and I look forward to seeing them in action.”
Mr Elworthy said the role of the ICC World Twenty20 volunteers carried great responsibility and the tournament was working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and V Cricket Programme, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s initiative to encourage young people to undertake volunteer roles within their local cricket club.
“Volunteers are often the first and most important point of contact at global sporting events and it is critical that their training reflects the importance and high regard of their role,” said Mr Elworthy.
“That is why we are working with LOCOG and the V Cricket Programme to share best practice and create a robust and energising programme to inspire everyone to develop their interests and volunteer in sport.”
All ICC World Twenty20 volunteers will be provided with a unique tournament uniform, which will be theirs to keep, together with a volunteer certificate in recognition of their commitment to the event.
Volunteering in 2009 also takes increased significance with the International Cricket Council Centenary Medal initiative. As part of the celebrations organised to recognise a century of international cricket, ICC will be awarding Centenary Medals to 1000 volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the game and have gone beyond the call of duty in the name of cricket.
These medals will recognise leading volunteers of the past and present who give their time up for the benefit of others and are crucial in preserving cricket’s special values as well as sustaining and developing the game at the grassroots and nurturing the stars of the future.
For more information or to register as a volunteer go to www.icc-cricket.com/t20volunteers Registration closes on 5 April 2009.