The 2018 Arnold Classic is looking to give 450 university students who are studying towards a sports-related career an opportunity in which they will become volunteer ambassadors of the biggest multi-sport competition in Africa. The programme will provide them with vital experience.
Headed by the Gauteng Sports Confederation (GSC), the initiative will consist of training volunteers to assist in running the popular multi-sports festival from 18 to 20 May 2018. Three hundred volunteers have already signed up and the GSC team is confident that they will achieve the target number by the time they kick off the training.
“This year, 16 more activations and sports than were offered in 2017 will be added to the programme, which brings the total to over 60 events during the 3 days of the competition,” said Yaseen Lombard, the CEO at GSC.
“Being a part of this prestigious international showpiece gives us the opportunity to help prepare students for the world of work in the sport and recreation field. This is another opportunity for us to help enrich these future sports management professionals,” he added.
He said the programme also serves as an opportunity for sports science and management students to be exposed to the professional business side of the sports industry for the duration of the Games.
“This exposure will give them invaluable experience in their future career prospects at world class international sports events. And of course, they get to have fun at the same time.”
Indemnity forms were distributed to the University of Johannesburg and Exercise Teachers Academy, a sports college in Randburg, which are among the schools that were selected to be a part of this programme.
The first round of interviews commenced on 15 February 2018. The second phase of the programme will commence on 14 April, and all volunteers will undergo thorough training to ensure they are ready for the Games.
Arnold Classic Africa organiser, Michelle Price, said the event has grown tremendously over the years.
“We anticipate that it will continue to grow this year and as a result the team of volunteers must also be of a high standard. With 16 more sports codes added to the 50 featured in 2017, the workload will be higher and the volunteers have to be able to deliver,” she said.
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