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First Stars are shooting for greatness

15 April, 2017 (09:56)
Tags: Volunteers

Volunteer registrations for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games have been extremely successful since the First Stars programme was launched in February, with application closing at the end of March. The Ashgabat 2017 programme’s aim to include up to 10,000 generalist and specialist volunteers from the host country is close has been successfully reached, with up to 11,000 registartions.

Thursday, 2 March 2017, marked a record breaking day with 2,000 volunteer registrations in one single day.

Human Resources, Workforce and Accreditation Director, Sharon McMicheal said: “It’s amazing to see such high levels of engagement within the local population; the country is really behind the Games and the excitement of the volunteers will play a massive role towards delivering the best ever AIMAG.”

Volunteer training is now underway with the initial training sessions, called ‘Time to Inspire’, which provide an introduction to the Games, key information and skills that will set the First Stars off to a flying start.

So far, three sessions have been delivered to all 11,000 students with more training planned from now to May. All volunteers have completed sessions one and two and over 3,600 have attended the full three session cycle. All training sessions are taking place at the Martial Arts Arena on the Ashgabat Olympic Complex to set the scene for the Games and to allow volunteers to familiarize with the venues.

The upcoming test event series, Inspiring Ashgabat, which include two Asian Championships, will allow volunteers to showcase the skills they have learnt over the past few months during specific training sessions. 

All volunteers will receive three types of training: general training, role specific training and venue specific training for a total of eight hours per volunteer. 

Training will not stop there. From early summer, volunteers will move into Games time training. This intensive training schedule will again cover a variety of event specific training with the ultimate objective of preparing the best First Stars to deliver the best ever AIMAG

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