Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games recruitment drive attracts thousands
More than 10,000 people have applied to be volunteers at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow within hours of a recruitment drive being launched.
Organisers want to find up to 15,000 people interested in unpaid Games Maker roles behind the scenes at the games.
Anyone interested has until 28 February to submit their applications.
Some general roles will see volunteers welcome athletes, help out at the athletes' village and at the games venues.
The organiser of the games - Glasgow 2014 - also requires people with specialist skills, including medical staff, drivers and those with specific sports expertise.
No previous games experience is necessary but hopefuls must be at least 16 years old and eligible to work in the UK.
Olympic gold boxing winner Anthony Joshua helped launch the recruitment drive at Glasgow's Central Station on Monday morning, along with Scottish badminton player Susan Egelstaff and the Games Maker choir.
Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said more than 10,000 people had applied by late afternoon.
He added: "We have been delighted by the initial response to our call for volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I am happy to say that the volunteering spirit is definitely alive and well and we have had more than 10,000 people apply within the first 12 hours.
"But don't worry if you have still to apply, the window is open until 28 February and all applications will be considered then. Don't just watch the games, this is your chance to be the Games and have the time of your life putting Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth on the world stage."'Fantastic experience'
A total of 25,000 applicants will be invited for interview from April.
They must also be available during the games, from 23 July to 3 August, and on days beforehand for training and uniform collection
Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: "Our volunteers will be crucial to the success of the games.
"They will be our frontline charm force, promoting Glasgow and Scotland to the world and creating a fantastic experience not just for the million spectators who will be here in person but also the billion-plus people around the world who will watch the games on television.
"Glasgow 2014 is a global show-reel for the city and for Scotland and our volunteers have a starring role to play."
A £500,000 funding programme from the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish government was created last week to help people who would otherwise be unable to volunteer because of financial problems.
Sport Minister Shona Robison said: "Volunteers will be the life-blood of the games, helping to create the atmosphere, energy and enthusiasm that drives success.
"From presidents, to spectators, to athletes, our volunteers will welcome people from all over the world to Glasgow and to Scotland.
"If you've got a new year's resolution to try new things and help other people - why not sign up to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games next year. It's a real opportunity to be part of history."