Volunteer roadshow reaches Brighton

(ER 2015) Friday 11 July 2014
Volunteer roadshow reaches Brighton
Thousands of volunteer-hopefuls will attend the Try Outs in Brighton over the coming days

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, is in Brighton for the third leg of the Try Outs (selection events) to help find the 6,000 volunteers who will make up 'The Pack' at next year’s tournament.

The selection process is an exciting and informative experience where potential members of 'The Pack' can find out more about RWC 2015 and take part in a one-to-one interview. The Try Outs include an exhibition space dedicated to the history of rugby, a motivational video for would-be volunteers, and a real-life changing room, complete with vintage rugby sweaters and an authentic heat spray scent.

Guest appearances

Two England Women's players, Michaela Staniford and Claire Purdy, along with MP for Brighton Kempton and Peacehaven, Simon Kirby, joined volunteers for the start of the event on July 10.
Michaela said: "I think the volunteers will make a real difference throughout Rugby World Cup 2015 because 'The Pack' embodies the values of the game all the way from grass roots up to the England team. The sheer number of applications is evidence of the positive influence Rugby can have on people's lives, regardless of their age.”

Claire said: "Volunteers are of the upmost importance at all levels of the game. Without the mums, dads and support networks Rugby clubs would not be able to provide their members with the great experience that they currently do. The same can be said for the volunteers that will be at Rugby World Cup 2015.”

MP for Brighton Kempton and Peacehaven, Simon Kirby, said: "It was fantastic to see the Try Outs in action in Brighton, and to meet some of the brilliant local volunteer candidates. Volunteers will play a crucial part in ensuring that we give visitors and fans the best possible welcome and spectator experience when they visit our great town. I am confident that members of 'The Pack' will do a wonderful job.”

Finding the perfect Pack

As part of the selection process, potential members of The Pack are asked questions based on the values of the game, along with questions on suitability for the roles that they are being considered for in 2015. There will be a range of roles throughout the lead-up and delivery of the tournament but they will mainly be focused on transport and spectator services. There will be a small number of specialist roles including Media Operations, Accreditation and Workforce Operations.

Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, said: "The Pack will welcome the world to England and Rugby World Cup 2015. We're extremely thankful to all those who have volunteered their time to take part in the process, both in Brighton this week and at the events in all of our host cities across the year. We have had a fantastic level of interest and applications for the programme, which shows the great level of enthusiasm and excitement for volunteering and for the tournament.
"These are interactive events which give prospective members of The Pack the opportunity to learn about the tournament, the role of The Pack and the wider game of Rugby and its values. The feedback from participants has been extremely positive and so we only hope that this enthusiasm and excitement continues to grow as we continue our search to recruit 'The Pack' who will make RWC 2015 truly special.”

Strong response

Nearly 20,000 people applied to be members of 'The Pack' and around 10,000 people will be invited to attend the Try Outs to select the 6,000 people who will help welcome the world to England for the Tournament. The Try Outs, which began in June this year, will run until December 2014 in every Rugby World Cup 2015 host city.

In line with the Tournament vision to have Rugby at the heart of the Tournament, 75% of 'The Pack' will come from the Rugby Community who help run the game week in, week out. The rest will come from the general public, bringing new people into Rugby. People who have been successful in being selected to be part of 'The Pack' will be notified in early 2015.

To date, Try Outs have taken place at The Home of Saracens Rugby (Allianz Park) and at Leyton Orient F.C's Score Centre. The Brighton Try Outs will run until July 18, 2014.

Watch the action from the Try Out at The Home of Saracens Rugby below: