Applications open for Ryder Cup volunteers

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.

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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 whole.
 
"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 golf unfold.

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 friend.

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.

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