Almonte Soccer Club is pleased to distribute the following information:

In Ottawa, and across Canada, the volunteer response to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ has been overwhelming.  Anyone still wishing to apply should go to  http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/volunteers/welcome.html soon.  More details can be found in the news release below.  Please share this information with your members.

Ottawa preparing to volunteer for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™

Canadians have been thrilled to support the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ National Volunteer Program, with people across the country ready to serve in all six venues including Ottawa.

Last October, Canada launched its National Volunteer Program for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Already, more than 4,000 persons across the country have registered for the program.

“We are excited to welcome volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the women’s game and to contributing to the overall success of both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015,” said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer for both competitions. “It’s a testament to the passion football inspires in Canadians and we are thrilled to be helping bring incredible world-class soccer to Canadians from coast to coast.”

“Ottawa residents have consistently stepped forward to support international sporting events by volunteering,” said Valerie Hughes, Venue General Manager for Host City Ottawa.  “Our city has a strong track record for hosting first rate events, specifically because we have such a committed volunteer base.”

Hughes noted that due to the resounding support to date, spaces are filling up very fast for the Ottawa matches. She encouraged anyone who has not yet applied to visit FIFA.com/Canada2015 today to avoid disappointment.

The last major international soccer championship contested in Ottawa was the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.  More than 400 volunteers – ranging in age from 16 to 76 – put in more than 10,000 hours of work on that tournament.

Reflecting Canada’s multi-cultural mosaic, the 2007 volunteers collectively had roots in 55 different countries – a fact that helped to overcome language barriers and provide a warm welcome to players and fans alike.

“Ottawa is a real hotbed for soccer, so a FIFA Women’s World Cup attracts plenty of interest from local fans and volunteers alike,” said Hughes.

“Enthusiastic local volunteers have consistently delivered outstanding events to Ottawa fans and world-class competitors from around the globe.”

Volunteers serve as the first point of contact for fans and many international visitors coming to Canada. They help deliver the many services required during a competition, including accreditation, administration, competition services; guest services; hospitality and protocol, information technology, logistics, marketing, media and communication, medical services, ticketing, transportation, volunteer management, and the youth program.

To apply for a volunteer position, please visit: http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/volunteers/welcome.html