The England 2015 Organising Committee has launched ‘The Pack’ – the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015.
The 6,000-strong volunteer force will be the faces of the tournament, helping to deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 across England and in Cardiff. In line with the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015, ‘The Pack’ will have rugby at heart by recruiting 75 per cent of the volunteers from rugby clubs in England and Wales.
In addition, ‘The Pack’ will bring 1,500 potential new volunteers into rugby through a national campaign, with the aim of retaining them beyond 2015 as part the tournament’s legacy.
Volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the six-week tournament with a range of roles including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding, which will all vary in duration.
Recruitment will begin on March 17 through an online application process. More than 2,000 RFU and WRU clubs will nominate between one and two of their members to join ‘The Pack’, and take part in selection events (‘Try Outs’) across England and in Cardiff throughout 2014.
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Members of the general public can register their interest in joining ‘The Pack’ from today at www.Rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers and details will be sent directly to all those signed up to The Front Row – the official newsletter for Rugby World Cup 2015.
The application process will be open for one month between March 17 and April 17, followed by ‘Try Outs’ from June-December, with successful members of ‘The Pack’ confirmed in early 2015.
Chief Executive of the England 2015 Organising Committee, Debbie Jevans, said: “’The Pack’ will play a big role in the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015, welcoming the world to England, Cardiff, and to the game of rugby. This is a great opportunity to recognise those who support the game week in week out in their club and community.
“Members of ‘The Pack’ will help us to provide the teams and fans with a fantastic experience in 2015 and we look forward to opening the application process in March.”
Jonny Wilkinson, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, paid tribute to the impact of club volunteers throughout his rugby journey. The Toulon fly half said: “Throughout my career I have seen the vital role that volunteers play in the running of rugby clubs at all levels.
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"Whether it’s helping with club administration, coaching, cleaning kit, driving teams across the country or stewarding on match days, these are the people who allow the game to thrive.
“It is great to recognise the rugby community through the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015, and also use this as an opportunity to get more people involved in the game.”
Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, added: "Volunteers are a key part of rugby's unique heritage and culture and we rely on them 365 days a year to run our clubs and constituent bodies, referee our games, coach players and introduce people to our great game in schools, colleges and universities. It is fantastic that the involvement of these volunteers has been recognised in ‘The Pack’ and I am sure they will add greatly to the atmosphere of the tournament.”