Ryder Cup Europe has begun its search for 1,800 volunteers for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Junior Ryder Cup at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
Potential volunteers can apply for up to three different roles
from a choice of 15 positions, including scoreboard carriers and
crowd safety marshals to name but a few, before the closing date at
midnight on 14 April 2013.
Sixty volunteers are being sought for the under-18 event, which
takes place between September 22-23 2014 - the same week as the
40th Ryder Cup contest over the PGA Centenary Course. Each selected
candidate will then have the chance to be part of the volunteering
effort at Gleneagles, if they meet the right criteria.
Featuring the top 24 young golfers from both sides of the
Atlantic, the Junior Ryder Cup will be staged over two days at
Perthshire venue Blairgowrie, which will be the first time in
history Europe has held the junior contest in the same country as
the professionals' match.
European Captain Paul McGinley is to front the volunteer programme
personally after seeing first-hand the positive influence of
volunteers at previous matches. He said: "It takes a huge team of
people to make The Ryder Cup a successful event, and the thousands
of volunteers involved are a very important part of that.
"We are always appreciative of anyone who gives their time to
volunteer and support golf and there are not many countries in the
world better than Scotland for producing volunteers and marshals
whose golf knowledge is second to none.
"We will be looking for volunteers who have a knowledge of the
game but also people who will enjoy the experience and help to make
The Ryder Cup an unforgettable event for the fans who will have a
vital role to play in trying to help The European Team retain the
trophy at Gleneagles."
Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport,
commented: "The 2014 Ryder Cup volunteering programme is a
fantastic opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest and most
exciting sporting events in the world
"The Ryder Cup is part of a year where Scotland will welcome the
world alongside the Commonwealth Games and Homecoming Scotland 2014
and volunteers will play a crucial role in the success of 2014 as a
"I would urge anyone interested in volunteering at the 2014 Ryder
Cup to sign up to the programme and play your part in showing the
world how Scotland welcomes its guests."
Edward Kitson, Match Director for The 2014 Ryder Cup, said: "The
Ryder Cup is a unique event that stirs the passions of players and
spectators in a way unlike any other sporting occasion. This makes
volunteering at it very special. It's a chance to be a part of
history and to welcome the world to Scotland.
"The volunteers at The 2014 Ryder Cup will be the public face of
the match: they will be the first and last people our spectators
see. Naturally some of the roles require specialist experience, and
while some knowledge of golf would help, in most cases the main
criteria is a positive attitude and genuine desire to be involved
in one of the world's great sporting events.
"Ideally our volunteers will be friendly, out-going,
good-humoured and will enjoy helping others."
Ryder Cup Europe has already expanded its volunteer programme
after experiencing an unprecedented number of registrations on its
website ahead of the launch of the volunteer drive. Those
interested can apply at the official website www.rydercupvolunteers.com.
A £75 registration fee for successful candidates will contribute
towards volunteers' food and beverages, as well as clothing for the
event. They will receive a jacket or windcheater, fleece, polo
shirt and cap, as well as breakfast and catering vouchers for
breakfast and lunch.
Regardless of their main role, each volunteer is guaranteed at
least half a day on the course watching the greatest team event in
Off-course volunteers will be transported from their sites to the
golf course directly to ensure they can enjoy the match. Volunteers
will also have a guaranteed opportunity to purchase a Ryder Cup
Season Ticket for the whole event for a family member or
For more information on volunteering, visit www.rydercupvolunteers.com.
Click on the image above for a personal video from European
Ryder Cup captain to potential volunteers.