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Tatarstan volunteers take a look at future projects

28.03.2014, 23:09 Volunteers
Tatarstan volunteers are back home from Sochi. Just the other day they have completed their work at the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, where they were involved across an array of functional areas: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, IT, assistance to the National Olympic Committees, sports programme and medical services.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” says Adelina Kuzina. “When we arrived in the Olympic host city, we got immediately caught up in the atmosphere of friendliness, kindness. We tried our hand in different roles. I worked at biathlon events in the Laura sports venue. I gained tremendous experience and had great fun.”

Now, having collected a vast amount of experience, these boys and girls will be in even greater demand at major events held in Russia and abroad.


In the meantime, there are many other international tournaments that are due to be held in Kazan in the near future. In two weeks, the volunteers will get a chance to put their newly acquired skills into practice at the 2014 UEFA European U17 Football Championship elite round. After that the volunteers will have other major sporting events scheduled for the spring and summer of 2014, and in 2015 the city will play host to the FINA World Championships. This is another high-profile project that will give the volunteers invaluable skills.

The day before, key aspects of the Kazan 2015 volunteer programme were presented during the meeting with activists of the volunteer movement. 2,500 volunteers will be involved in 24 functional areas at the World Championships. Just as it was at the Universiade, they will be provided with meals, transportation, mobile communication, uniforms, life and health insurance, motivational programme.

The special feature of the Kazan 2015 volunteer programme is the fact that the volunteers will be working at two major sporting events at once – the 16th FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships. The competitions will be held between July 24 and August 16 and the total period of volunteer service will reach nearly a month.

Importantly, the volunteers’ involvement in delivering the 27th Summer Universiade enabled them to learn special skills required to support major events. A film about volunteers’ work at the Games was presented during the meeting at the educational and laboratory complex of Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. It came as a pleasant surprise for invited activists of the volunteer movement and for 40 minutes each of them went back to the days of staging the Universiade and the years leading up to it.

“The Universiade gave new impetus to the development of the volunteer movement in Russia; it is the first project that spread domestically and even more so internationally,” said Head of the Volunteer Department Alexander Karpov. “Today the after-effect of the Kazan Universiade сan be seen at all major sporting events - the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the IAAF World Championships in Moscow and the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. And, of course, the team of volunteer activists is alive and well and keeps growing in Kazan.


We are confident that the preparation for the 2015 FINA World Championships will not just increase the number of volunteers in the republic and in the country but will also contribute to their qualitative improvement – i.e. improve volunteer training, enhance the public image of volunteers and provide additional incentives to young people, working population, teenagers and even older generation to volunteer.”


It should be noted that the history of the volunteer programme in Kazan dates back to 2009, when the first group of 150 Tatarstan volunteers travelled to Belgrade, Serbia to help deliver the 25th Summer Universiade..

Since then the volunteer movement has considerably increased and reached federal scale: major projects were implemented through use of an unprecedented number of volunteers.


The 27th World University Summer Games had the support of 19,970 volunteers, 4,850 of which were representatives of Russia’s regions and 97 were international volunteers. They worked side-by-side with staff of the Organising Committee and contributed to the Games in 119 different roles across 50 functional areas.


Press Department of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships Kazan 2015