9/1/2018 12:43:51 PM (GMT+3)

UAE Asian Cup launches volunteering programme

UAE Asian Cup launches volunteering programme

ABU DHABI, UAE: With just over four months to Asia’s most prestigious football tournament, 5,000 opportunities were launched across a number of exciting and critical roles, from liaising with team services and VIPs hospitality across the competition, to media work and venue operations.

The launch event for the volunteers’ programme was attended by LOC Director of Marketing and Communications, Ahmad Al Qobaisi, who was joined by Saeed Khalifah Al Muhairi, Abu Dhabi Sports Council Director of Technical Affairs, along with Mohammad Al Shatiri AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Volunteers Programme Manager.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of every major sporting event. They are real heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, so our football stars can focus on producing their best on-the-pitch and to ensure a memorable matchday experience for our passionate fans," said AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John.

With just 5,000 volunteer places up for grabs, organisers expect strong competition for places with the rising popularity of volunteering at sports tournaments.

Vice-President of the Supreme Local Organising committee Mohammad Khalfan Al Romaithi emphasised the importance of launching the programme, citing the success of the Volunteers Programmes from the football tournaments, previously hosted in the UAE and the positive impact they had on the community and on the country’s reputation.

"The Volunteers Programme is one of the core foundations of our organisational operations throughout the tournament. We look forward to welcoming more than 5,000 volunteers from all professional backgrounds, who will join forces to serve the purpose of this prestigious football tournament, and reflect peace and harmony between all races, cultures in the UAE,” Al Romaithi said.