On October 20, the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) launched the application process for the national 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Volunteer Programme Legacy contest. LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura addressed the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, explaining how Russia 2018 volunteer candidates now have a unique opportunity to implement interesting and useful projects in their cities.
LOC volunteer candidates and host city volunteer candidates are invited to submit their projects in six areas: sports and healthy lifestyle, tourist services, urban development and public spaces, culture and arts, social work, and environment.
The LOC announced the contest on October 2. The contest will be held in three stages. The first stage, from October 20 to November 8, will be collecting applications (projects) from contenders across Russia. During the second stage (November 9-20), local experts will review applications and select the best projects. The third stage will take place on December 2-5: projects will be developed further and finalized at a creative school at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. The final and the award ceremony will take place on December 5. It will gather Russia’s most creative volunteers.
“Today, we start collecting bids for our contest. These are community projects which will help us tap into the potential of FIFA World Cup legacy and make our lives a little better,” Alexey Sorokin commented. “For all those who have decided to join this tremendous competition and applied for the FWC Volunteer Programme, this contest will help them to fulfill themselves. And we, for our part, will make sure that you remember volunteering with us for the rest of your lives. The best of luck to all of you in this endeavour!”
“Football is a great unifier and fosters peace and unity. FIFA uses football to promote core human values. Under its sustainability and diversity programme, FIFA addresses environment, discrimination, gender parity issues. FIFA fights discrimination and racism on and off the pitch,” Fatma Samoura said. “The legacy of the World Cup is a key priority to us. Both FIFA and the LOC devote a lot of time and attention to this. So I really hope that this contest helps demonstrate what kind of legacy the 2018 World Cup will leave in Russia, how football helps develop society and how it unites people.”
Speaking at a round table discussion in Sochi, contenders presented their projects and discussed their implementation with FIFA and LOC leadership. The first few projects presented by volunteers covered almost all six of the suggested areas.
Maria Ippolitova from Moscow and her friends want to promote football, especially among girls and women, bringing the sport closer to everyone. They suggested launching an awareness campaign on social media, engaging FWC Ambassadors, celebrities and, of course, volunteers.
Polina Zwinger and a team of volunteers from Rostov-on-Don proposed a project which uses HDPE to make ramps. This will make the host city more accessible for people with disabilities. Also, the ramps can be decorated with football-themed designs, the volunteers said.
“To some, this contest is an opportunity to make their long-standing dream come true by implementing a good and useful project. Others would like to apply their professional skills. Still others may want a new profession after the World Cup,” said volunteer Maria Saushkina from Kaliningrad. “This contest includes a number of different areas, and that’s great, because you have a variety of choices to leave your mark.”