The biggest squad to be part of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 is being formed, with a call to action for 5,000 people to be part of the volunteering team during the tournament.
Enthusiasts can make sure they are signed up to be part of the biggest ever sporting event that the UAE has hosted, by registering to become a volunteer at the launch event in Dubai Mall, Star Atrium, on Friday 31 August, from 5.00pm.
A large number of volunteers are required to ensure the competition is as successful off the pitch as it is during each of the 51 games which will be played between 5 January- 1 February across four host cities which all require volunteers; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain.
From liaison with team management and VIPs across the competition, to media work and venue management, there are a number of exciting and crucial roles are on offer to those signing to become a volunteer.
Volunteering has been popular across the UAE for many previous sporting competitions with people giving up their time to play vital roles in delivery successful events:
Abdulla Al Baraiki, 30, of Abu Dhabi, has volunteered at sporting events such as Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the FIFA Club World Cup since 2007, commented:
“Volunteering is something I love to do. It is something that connects you with people from all over the world from different cultures and different traditions.
“This is a meaningful experience that everybody should have. Volunteering opens the door to new experience, opportunity and growth. So, I think people are volunteering more to get that feeling of what life is truly about.
“When you are a volunteer you are an ambassador for your country. People will come to know your country through you and you have to treat everyone with respect.”
With many different roles on offer to would-be volunteers at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, those selected will learn many new skills which can be transferred into other areas across personal and professional lives with knowledgeable volunteer Yousef Al Jaberi of Abu Dhabi, keen to share his advice: “Volunteers need a positive attitude. They need to be prepared to handle unexpected situations. They need problem-solving skills. And they need to have social skills because they are representing themselves, the tournament and the country.
“This is supported by the great direction from the leadership of our country. It shows us we are doing good things for the country.”
The only real requirement is that volunteers should be older than 16. Further information on the number of roles available, along with registration, can be found at www.volunteers.ae