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15, 000 clyde-siders shine as friendly faces at the heart of Glasgow 2014

Glasgow is a city on a charm offensive right now with 15,000 clyde-siders being at the heart of the warm and friendly welcome that visitors to Glasgow 2014 are receiving.

Athletes, organisers and spectators are being treated to some friendly smiles, helping hands and some great banter from the volunteers.

They have been out in their thousands directing fans, helping them with their questions and showing off the city to its very best.

Valerie Mitchell, Head of Games Workforce at Glasgow 2014, said:

“We have received some brilliant feedback from everyone we meet on how amazing our clyde-siders have been. The volunteers certainly make the Games. They are the heart of the Games and are the friendly faces you see everywhere you go. Without them we just couldn’t put on this great sporting event.

Katherine Kinloch, aged 19, from Swinton is a first time volunteer and is working at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. She said:

 “I have never volunteered at an event like this before and this is by far the best thing I have ever done. As a Glaswegian too I am immensely proud of my city and Scotland for hosting these Games.

There’s also an amazing bond between clyde-siders too and I’ve already had an offer of a place to stay in Australia if I want to be a volunteer at the next Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in 2018. I’m seriously up for it!”

Nikki McFarlane who has travelled from Queensland in Australia to be part of the Games is having a wonderful experience. She said:

“I volunteered at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. It inspired me to apply for Glasgow and, fingers crossed the Gold Coast too in 2018. I’m having a ball here. Even before I got my uniform I was given such a warm welcome by the people of Glasgow.”

The clyde-siders have also been joined by members of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers who are helping deliver a safe, secure and peaceful Games.

Over the course of the Games at least 80 of the 180 volunteers, who are part of this joint project between Police Scotland, charity Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland the national agency for youth work, will have the opportunity to contribute to the success and excitement of the Games.

Tickets available for tomorrow include –    Athletics, Badminton, Lawn Bowls, Weightlifting and Boxing.  Tickets can be bought on the website at tickets.glasgow2014.com or by calling0800 458 2014. They are also available on the door with the Venue Ticket Offices opening from 8am tomorrow morning. Spectators are advised to arrive in good time to buy or collect tickets as it is expected to be very busy.

For more information on where to find traffic and travel updates please got to the Get Ready Glasgow website www.getreadyglasgow.com

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