27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 volunteer programme experience presented in Moscow

Experience of implementing volunteer programmes at major international sporting events was discussed during last week's volunteer management seminar in Moscow. The event brought together representatives of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Kazan delegation was represented by Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Tatarstan, Larisa Sulima, Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Azat Kadyrov, and Deputy Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, Alexander Karpov.

The seminar programme included several sessions covering such themes as legislative backing for sports volunteering in the Russian Federation and experience of implementing volunteer programmes at two recent high-profile international sporting events - Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. 

Special attention will be paid to the management of city volunteers because creation of a hospitable and cozy atmosphere has traditionally been one of the key tasks that need to be accomplished by the host city of any sporting event. City volunteers' duties include provision of information to local residents and guests arriving in the city, distribution of information on the city's cultural and sports destinations, transport logistics during events, etc. City volunteers are assigned to designated information booths that are set up throughout the city in the proximity of major routes and venues, close to tourist attractions, shopping malls and so on.

The closing session was hosted by representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee who presented the major aspects of the the volunteer programme for the 2018 football tournament. Details of the programme are being currently developed, but the organisers revealed the LOC's estimated demand for volunteers - according to preliminary estimates, 20,000 volunteers will be needed to ensure a smooth running of the event. 

As we reported earlier, Kazan is one of the host cities for the upcoming football championship. Along with Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Saransk, in less than four years Russia's third capital is set to play host to FIFA World Cup matches.

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects