The first UEFA volunteer team has already been formed out of the 270 best candidates, ForUm learnd from the press office of Ukraine-2012 information center. They will pass their baptism of fire in Kyiv on 2 December during the final draw of the European Football Championship.

The outfit for UEFA assistants is also ready: the uniform design has been made in light-blue and dark-blue colours. Each element of the uniform has a logo: the letter “V”. Championship assistants will have everything in their wardrobe: from T-shirts and shorts to warm jackets. They will try on the new attire quite soon.

Those volunteers who have successfully passed interviews will be included in the team due to be formed by the end of December 2011. Later on, the selected people will be sent in groups for training based on integration programmes. The European Football Association will spend 8 million euros on the selection and training of volunteers, which means that 1,400 euros have been allocated for every single volunteer. UEFA will invite the eight best tournament assistants from each host city for training at the headquarters of the European Football Association.

The beginning of selection was ceremoniously announced on 14 June 2011. Dozens of candidates managed to get registered during the first few hours after the start of the programme, and a Ukrainian was the first among them. This high interest accompanied the entire registration stage. The number of candidates increased every day, and the geography of the Euro-2012 UEFA volunteer programme became broader.

It was planned to complete recruitment in late September. However, having taking demand into account the Ukrainian and Polish local committees prolonged registration for two weeks: until 16 October. The result surpassed all expectations. The number of people wishing to become volunteers during Euro-2012 was almost 24,000, an absolute record in volunteers’ recruitment for a European tournament.

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