Organisers of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco today announced plans for a local volunteer programme to help with the tournament and festivities next year. Event Workforce Group has been selected to provide a volunteer management platform to ensure the programme runs smoothly and meets organisers’ goals when the tournament is held at San Francisco’s AT&T Park from 20-22 July, 2018.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Volunteers are an essential part of any of our tournaments and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 is going to be no exception. Put simply, we would not be able to run it without them. Also, as we’ve seen with other events, an army of volunteers made up of enthusiastic fans with local knowledge and plenty of energy can really enhance the atmosphere and create an enjoyable experience for visitors and locals alike.

“I would encourage anyone – young or old – to get involved in the volunteers’ programme and gain an unique insight into how a major international sporting event is run while also having a lot of fun in the process.”

Local organising committee general manager Rosie Spaulding said: “We want to harness the knowledge and goodwill of the people of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area to welcome guests from around the world that will be visiting for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

On the frontlines

“Whether it’s directing visitors arriving at SFO airport or helping guests navigate inside AT&T Park, our volunteers will be on the frontlines helping ensure the tournament is a success. And unlike some other major sporting events, RWC Sevens 2018 volunteers will have the chance to be close to the action, in positions such as ‘rugby geniuses', Bay Area ambassadors, player village volunteers, media support and operations support volunteers. This is going to be a fun, exciting opportunity for people who want to be part of this historic sporting event - the first time a Rugby World Cup has ever been held in the U.S.”

Event Workforce Group has a wealth of experience managing volunteer programmes for major global sporting events and clients, including Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Rugby League World Cup 2017 in Australia, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2017 in Aspen, and Tough Mudder competitions. Event Workforce Group, which is based in San Francisco, offers many proven volunteer services, including a digital workforce management platform that enables event organisers to employ a fully integrated scheduling software for volunteers and a training platform that allows event organisers to create content and quizzes to ensure volunteers are prepared and properly screened.

Spaulding added: “Event Workforce Group is a proven volunteer management solution and we are excited to enlist their services and guidance as we build our team of volunteers for RWC Sevens. They have experience working on some of the largest sports events and we are confident they will help us build a successful volunteer programme and tournament for residents, fans and guests from around the world. It’s a bonus that they are also a local San Francisco company.” 

More details on the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 volunteer programme are available HERE