7 Jul 2017

Ambassador Ross Murdoch urges volunteers to play their part at Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Scottish swimming star Ross Murdoch is urging people to volunteer and play their part in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together some of the continent’s leading sports.

Murdoch, who was recently unveiled as Glasgow 2018’s first sporting ambassador, has already set his sights on competing at the inaugural European Championships next year, where he will be joined by more than 3,000 volunteers.

The Stirling-based swimmer, who famously won gold in the 200m breaststroke at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has won a host of medals including gold in the same event at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships.

And the 23-year-old is in no doubt about the vital contribution that volunteers make to major international sporting events and doesn’t want anyone to miss out on being part of Glasgow 2018.

Murdoch said: “You can’t have events without the volunteers, their support is invaluable. To have people out in the street helping get others up for it, motivating and inspiring people to be part of it, is great.

“I have got such fond memories of speaking to volunteers across all the championships I have been part of and I have absolutely loved having that experience with them. If you were to look back on it and think you could have been part of it, why would you not just go for it?

“That would be my advice – just go for it because I am sure you’ll have a great time. You don’t really want to miss the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Glasgow 2018 volunteers will play an essential role in the experience offered to athletes, officials, media and spectators as they visit Glasgow and Scotland next year. Volunteers will support a wide range of functions from Spectator Services and Accreditation, to Transport and Media and much more.

Thousands of people over the age of 16 have already expressed an interest in joining the volunteer team in what is one of the most ambitious and inclusive volunteering programmes ever undertaken in Scotland. Applications will remain open up until 31 July 2017. A full list of criteria and Frequently Asked Questions is available at glasgow2018.com/volunteering.

Glasgow 2018, which brings together the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Golf team championships, will be a new highlight on the global sporting calendar and the biggest sporting event hosted in Scotland since the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Fans can buy tickets for 84 thrilling sessions of sport starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and over 60s.

Tickets for all events can be purchased from glasgow2018.com/tickets and will be sold on a first come first served basis, with fans encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Those lucky enough to secure a ticket will see athletes from 52 nations compete in a bid to be crowned European champion.