New Delhi: The organising committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup today launched its volunteer programme, providing thousands of volunteers with a chance to be part of India’s first ever global football tournament.
Matches will be held across six cities between October 6 and 28 October.
The all-encompassing programme aims to reach out to people aged over 18, from a variety of backgrounds and involve them in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India.
The program will have a strong emphasis on diversity and gender equality, welcoming candidates from all sections of the society.
Applicants who can’t be physically available during the tournament at its six main venues can become e-volunteers and spread the competition’s message digitally.
Speaking about the launch, Local Oraginsing Committee chief Praful Patel, said: “This is an opportunity for all our countrymen to be involved in the tournament which will be a historic event for India. Volunteers play an extremely important role in every FIFA tournament and they will play a central role in India 2017, bringing all Indians together in various capacities to make this event a huge success.
“I am confident that the volunteer programme will leave a lasting legacy of a new and more vibrant sporting culture in India.”
Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi added, “The interest that the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has generated so far among Indians is unprecedented. Through different sources, we have already received thousands of applications to be a part of the World Cup, which we can now channel through the volunteer s programme to make sure that everyone who wants to be involved in this historic event gets a chance to apply.
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