JIS News

Some 300 volunteers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will participate in intensive training this weekend (January 13-14), in the auditorium of the University of Technology (UTech), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is the first of several batches of volunteers who will receive training to assist at Jamaica’s two venues, Sabina Park and the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium.
Pauline Nelson, Communication Manager at the Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC), told JIS News that training would involve general instruction in “cricketing country information”, among other topics.
“We will start with a brief opening ceremony and we break out into six groups where trainers will walk the participants through the Cricket World Cup required training modules,” she explained.
She said further that each volunteer would have to complete all seven sections of the modules to be considered a CWC Vibes Volunteer.
Trainers from HEART/NTA, who themselves underwent a series of training, will carry out the weekend exercise. “These are seasoned and experienced trainers,” Miss Nelson informed.
“We want to leave behind a legacy, so these persons will be exposed to various aspects of customer relations, how to greet people and approach persons,” she noted.
After training and assignment, volunteers will receive a certificate of participation.On completing training of 600 volunteers in Kingston, the Jamaica LOC will head to the parish of Trelawny to train the remainder of volunteers. Overall, 1,100 will receive training.
In the meantime, Miss Nelson disclosed that the Opening Ceremony (OC07) Company, responsible for the opening ceremony scheduled for March 11, was still seeking volunteers. Interested persons can contact the offices of the Jamaica LOC at 11A -15 Oxford Road or the offices of the OC07, located at 10 Ruthven Road.
“When we made an appeal for volunteers in Jamaica we got in excess of 2,000 applications. Those persons who were not selected for the CWC Vibes Programme were passed on to the OC07,” she pointed out.
Sabina Park will play host to seven matches for the ICC CWC during the months of March and April, while the Trelawny multi-purpose stadium will host the opening ceremony and four warm up matches.