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40,000 people want to be Glasgow 2014 games volunteers

More than 40,000 people from every corner of the UK have registered their interest in becoming a volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

They have already signed up online, ahead of applications opening in mid-January 2013, with Scotland leading the way. Approximately 25,000 potential volunteers from Scotland have registered.

Glasgow 2014 is seeking to recruit up to 15,000 volunteers to help deliver the Games.

The list is topped by Glasgow, followed by Edinburgh, Paisley, Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Falkirk. There has also been high levels of interest away from the central belt in Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy and Inverness.

While the core of the registrations are from Scotland, the legacy of the London 2012 Games Makers is still evident in the figures. More than a third of those who signed up online are from England.

The volunteering message has also reached across the UK, with interest also noted from people in both Wales and Northern Ireland.

Outside of London, Birmingham and Newcastle are the highest-ranking English cities in terms of the numbers registering their interest in volunteering.

Interest in Glasgow 2014 from an English audience extends to ticketing, with a rise of about 150% south of the border in those indicating a wish to buy a ticket for the action at Games time, according to the latest research.

Valerie Mitchell, Glasgow 2014 head of Games workforce, said: "While we launched our campaign with the message that we were seeking Scotland's friendliest faces, it was always our intention to attract people from across the United Kingdom.

"We are delighted that the awareness of the many opportunities to volunteer at the Games has clearly extended well beyond Scotland and right across Britain.

"We have always emphasised that we cannot provide travel or accommodation expenses, so it shows the level of commitment and interest in volunteering.

"That the core of our registrations were from Scotland is also encouraging as it shows a desire of the people in this country to put on a show and help deliver a successful Games."

Those looking to register their interest in becoming a volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can still do so at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer.

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