Up to 70,000 volunteers will be needed for the London 2012 Games. Have you got what it takes?

Up to 70,000 volunteers will be needed for the London 2012 Games. Have you got what it takes?

Up to 70,000 volunteers will be needed for the London 2012 Games. Have you got what it takes?


What is a ‘Games Maker’?

London 2012 Games Makers will do exactly what their name suggests – make the Olympic and Paralympic Games happen. They’ll be passionate, dedicated, enthusiastic and inspirational. Being a Games Maker will be hard work and time-consuming – but ultimately very rewarding.

A wide range of roles will be on offer, divided between ‘specialists’ and ‘generalists’.

Specialists will have specific existing skills or qualifications that are needed for them to complete the role: for example, doctors, doping control officers, and sports specialists. We have been working with organisations such as sport National Governing Bodies to help pre-identify applicants to be considered for specialist roles.

Generalists will not need specialist skills or qualifications, but should bring passion and enthusiasm to the Games. They might be given roles from drivers and uniform distributors to ticket checking and airport welcome. All generalist volunteers will be given full training.

Is this the opportunity for you?

We’ll recruit volunteers from across the UK – from a range of communities and backgrounds. Our recruitment process will be transparent, open and fair. Previous volunteering experience is not necessary.

To be a Games Maker you must:

  • be available to volunteer a minimum of 10 days at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games, or a minimum of 20 days if you want to volunteer at both;
  • attend a minimum of three training sessions (around 15 hours in total) before the Games;
  • be eligible to volunteer in line with UK immigration rules;
  • agree to undergo, and then pass, security background checks; and
  • be 18 or over by 1 January 2012.

Please note: up to 1,500 roles will be available for under 18s through the London 2012 ‘Young Games Maker’ programme. This programme will be unveiled in summer 2011.

Other things to note about being a Games Maker:

  • We will provide free meals during shifts.
  • We will provide an official Games Maker uniform. This can be kept as a souvenir of the experience and contribution to the Games.
  • Free travel will be provided on public transport to and from Games-time shifts. This will include travel within London zones 1-6; and between London and the venues at Eton Dorney, Lee Valley White Water Centre and Hadleigh Farm, Essex. We will also provide free transport to Games Makers with roles in Weymouth and the co-Host Cities for the Football competition: Manchester, Coventry, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow.
  • Accommodation will not be provided.

Key dates of the volunteer recruitment process

27 July 2010 Online applications open for pre-identified applicants for specialist roles – for example doctors, sports specialists, doping control officers and press operations staff. Applications also open for special interest groups such as 3,500 Personal Best graduates and members of a number of pre-identified disability organisations. 

This is also an opportunity for those interested in the generalist roles to find out if they have what it takes to be a Games Maker via a new section on this website.

Recruitment also starts on this date for the Mayor’s London Volunteers scheme.

15 September 2010 Online applications open to the public for generalist roles and continue for specialist roles – so if you have the necessary skills or qualifications to fill a specialist role but weren’t pre-identified, you can apply now.

Please note: we will not review any applications until the deadline has passed, so those who apply from 27 July will have no advantage over those who apply from 15 September.

January 2011 The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) will start inviting short-listed applicants to a selection event.

February 2011 early 2012 Selection events will take place where all invited applicants will be interviewed.

October 2011 LOCOG will start sending out offers to successful applicants.

February Orientation training will begin.

March Role-specific training will begin. 

April Distribution of uniforms and accreditation passes will begin.

June Venue training will begin.

27 July-12 August Olympic Games

29 August-9 September Paralympic Games

Register your interest to be a volunteer and receive email updates

After 2012

We aim to create a ‘family’ of volunteers after the Games who would like to stay in touch with friends made during the course of their volunteering.
The Games will also have a far wider impact on the volunteering community in the UK.

Work with our partners will create a new volunteering spirit, an improved volunteer network with more opportunities and better training for those who want to give their most important commodity – time.

Our Presenting Partner

Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s has been appointed as the Presenting Partner for the Games Maker programme. McDonald’s expertise in customer service and training, motivating and retaining staff will deliver a great welcome to the world.