27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 volunteers' experience to come in handy for World Combat Games

The team of the Volunteer Department of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate is currently on a two-week visit to St. Petersburg, where the SportAccord World Combat Games will be held from 18 to 26 October.

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The experts, who were directly involved in the implementation of the volunteer programme of the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, have gathered this week in St. Petersburg to share their experience with volunteers and to train them for the next major sporting event.

At the invitation of the 2013 World Martial Arts Games Directorate, the volunteer experts embarked on the implementation of the volunteer programme at the stage of the Games recruitment campaign: the most experienced and motivated candidates who had successfully passed the last individual interviews were selected from 6,000 applications in the shortest time (from 23 September to 5 October).

At the moment, the volunteer teams of competition and non-competition venues are being formed. Along with proactiveness, sociability, stress tolerance, self-discipline and ability to work in a team, which are the key volunteer competencies, among the criteria for the selection were a good command of the English language, goal orientation, and volunteer experience.

More than 2,000 people visited the volunteer recruitment centre during the selection events, and only 1,100 candidates were granted an opportunity to become part of the volunteer team for the World Combat Games.

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The volunteer training programme kicked off last weekend. It takes place at the Pribaltiyskaya Hotel, where athletes and members of the international sports federations will be housed.

Under the training programme, the volunteers got familiar with general information on the upcoming Games, the sports included in the programme, venue management system, as well as some special features of the volunteer programme.

In the coming days, the volunteers are to go through the second module - the role-specific and venue-specific trainings.

Upon completion of the training programme on October 15, volunteers will have full knowledge of what their duties are, who they should address with this or that issue, where their workplaces and venue volunteer headquarters are located, etc.

During the Games, the representatives of Kazan will work as volunteer managers at the competition and non-competition venues to ensure the timely and high-level delivery of necessary services to volunteers and to help them stay in a good mood and a positive mind set every day.

Using the experience of working at the Universiade in Kazan, the experts of the Volunteer Department developed a volunteer motivation programme, arranged the distribution of uniforms that volunteers will collect at the end of this week in a specially allocated uniform distribution centre. Issues regarding the volunteers' travel on public transportation, provision of hot meals at the venues and arrangement of zones for volunteers to rest are in the final stage of solution.

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"We were pleased to accept the invitation to work in St. Petersburg, because the experience we gained when carrying out the volunteer programme should be shared with all regions of Russia, especially since the World Combat Games is a tournament of international scale, and the task to implement the volunteer programme in a record period of time made my colleagues all excited to get down to work!

We immediately contacted activists of our Kazan 2013 Volunteer Centre in St. Petersburg and invited them to work as team leaders at the venues. We selected the most experienced ones upon the results of their work at the Universiade in Kazan, so now we have an inter-regional team! I'm sure everything will be great!" said Alexander Karpov, Director of the Volunteer Department of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate.

The World Combat Games 2013 is an international competition bringing together representatives of the Olympic and non-Olympic sports. One of the goals of the event is to promote sports values​​: self-control, determination and technical skills. The competition contributes to the integration of different cultures, their knowledge of the arts.

The Games programme will include 15 types of martial arts: aikido, boxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, kendo, kickboxing, savate, sambo, wrestling, sumo, Thai boxing, taekwondo, Wushu, fencing.

The SportAccord World Combat Games are more than 'just' sport. They feature a Cultural Programme that reflects the ancient traditions and values of the 15 sports participating in the 2013 edition of the Games and their contribution to society.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate