The volunteers of the European Universities Football Championship meet for the first time.

Last Tuesday, a meeting was arranged with all the volunteers of the European University Football Championship that will be held in Almería from 23rd to 30th June, where they were informed of the selective and training process they will carry out for this great sporting event.

They had a first meeting with the Organizing Committee in order to know their volunteering work during this event. This first informative meeting counted on the presence of Mr José Antonio Guerrero Villalba, the Students, University Extension and Sports Vice-rector and the President of the Organizing Committee, together with other members of the Sports Service and the Executive Committee of this event, such as Mr. Pablo Martínez, the Organization Director, Mr. Manuel Calvo, the person in charge of the Technical Secretariat, and Mr. Pedro Núñez, in charge of the Volunteering Programme.

During the informative meeting, some important details of the event were explained to the volunteers, such as the fact that from the 267 registrations received, there will be a selection, and only 160 volunteers will finally collaborate in the event. It was also presented the Rincón del Voluntario (the Volunteer`s Corner), a web site where the volunteers can see news, notices and documents of interest.

The volunteers will have to follow a training process, which will consist of a Sports Volunteering Course, that will be held on 23rd and 24th May. Its main contents are sports volunteering legislation, volunteering experience during the Mediterranean Games Almería 2005, and subjects more related to this event such as its organizational design, collaboration areas and availability and task assignment of the volunteers. Several days before the beginning of the course, the volunteers will have to collect the Volunteer Manual (a document having all the information necessary at any moment), and sport clothes as a present. That day, the tasks and the dates of the tasks will be confirmed.

From 23rd to 30th June, Almería will host more than 500 athletes from all over Europe, and the students of the University of Almería, and other volunteers will be the real hosts. All members of the “university family” will enjoy 8 days of experience interchange and personal enrichment.