Start of 2018 Football World Cup Volunteer Programme

MIL OSI – Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English –

Headline: Start of 2018 Football World Cup Volunteer Programme

The Volunteer Programme will see
more than 5,000 volunteers taking part in the Confederation Cup and more than
15,000 in the World Cup. Around 20,000 people will take part in volunteer
programmes in the different World Cup host cities. Volunteer centres in the 11
host cities will take applications from would-be volunteers in Russia and abroad and make their selection by the end of 2017. Applications can be sent to the site fifa.com/volunteers.

The Football World Cup will run from
June 14-July 15 2018 and will take place at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities:
Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Sochi, Kaliningrad,
Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, and Samara.

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Address at a ceremony launching the start of the 2018 Football World Cup Volunteer Programme

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome
you to this wonderful event today – the launch of the 2018 Football World Cup Volunteer
Programme. We are now only 742 days away from the world’s biggest football celebration,
which Russia will host for the first time ever. This country will play host to the 32 best national teams in the world. Today, we begin putting together the ‘33rd team’ – the world cup’s biggest team – the team of volunteers.

Over the month the world cup takes
place, these 15,000 young men and women in volunteer uniforms will be the face
of our country for dozens of thousands of football fans from all around the world. It is you, the volunteers, who will be crucial for the kind of impressions of Russia our guests will take home with them.

The volunteer movement has already
proved its worth and provided real help during big international forums,
competitions and meetings. Your predecessors did an excellent job during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and at the 2013 World Student Games in Kazan.

The Football World Cup is one of the sports world’s biggest global events. It is a great honour and a real
celebration for all participants to be involved in this event.

To be
continued.

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