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Doha: Qatar Foundation will be recruiting and training specialist accessible volunteers to support the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Volunteer Programme in the delivery of the most accessible FIFA World Cup to date.
Interested individuals can register on qatar2022.qa/volunteers and must enter the code VOLQF under the“Partner/Affiliation Code” option on page 3 of the application form to indicate their interest in becoming an accessibility volunteer. The registration deadline is July 31. Accessibility volunteers will receive FIFA core training, and additional training on accessibility and inclusivity, to create a welcoming environment for differently abled football fans.
Ryan Moignard, Special Needs Football Coach at Qatar Foundation (QF), said:“Volunteers are key to the success of all mega events and much more so at events that have people with accessibility needs in attendance. They play an integral role in ensuring the health and safety of those involved. I would go as far as saying volunteering to support people with accessibility needs is one of the most impactful forms of volunteering one can do.”
Accessible volunteers will assist with visitor experience throughout the FIFA Fan Fest in Al Bidda Park, within sensory havens in the Global Street Carnival on the Corniche, and as fans make their way to matches in Education City Stadium.
Tom Eastham, 34, a marine fuel specialist at Qatargas, has been volunteering to support the delivery of the ability-friendly football sessions offered at QF since early 2022 and has over eight years of experience volunteering with people with a wide variety of disabilities. He said,“When I volunteer, I like to be fully involved, and when you are working with a group of people that need additional attention, being hands-on is exactly what you get out of it.”
QF's training programme partnership with FIFA for accessible volunteers reflects its mission which is built around empowering people by opening up opportunities for participation, involvement, and discovery for all.
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