The football result may not have gone Scotland’s way but Glasgow lived up to its name as one of the world’s friendliest cities, with UEFA EURO 2020 Host City volunteers providing a warm welcome to visitors at the Fan Zone at Glasgow Green over the course of the tournament.
Hundreds of dedicated volunteers supported the activity at the Fan Zone over 31 days, from 11 June to 11 July.
The Fan Zone at Glasgow Green was a hub of activity, allowing football supporters to soak up the EURO atmosphere in the next best place to the stadium.
Over 1,600 applicants applied to the Glasgow Life volunteering programme and 315 volunteers were selected to take up roles at Glasgow Green and around the city.
Volunteers supported activity including family-friendly sport participation sessions and the cultural programme on the Green and of course, all those that attended to watch the thrilling games on the big screen. Other roles including guiding people from key transport hubs.
From making new friends and connections to getting involved in something new, each individual had their own reasons for being part of the host city volunteer programme.
Jim from Clarkston, said:
“In 2018 I had a really tough year and lost both my son and wife so got into volunteering to get out and about. It’s a great way of making new friends. I’ve loved volunteering again at the EUROs and seeing happy, smiley faces enjoying a sense of normality again.”
Robert from East Kilbride, said: “I volunteered at the European Championships in 2018 and now the EUROS – I just love being part of a team and meeting people from all walks of life. The organisation of the Fan Zone has been impressive and there’s been a real buzz again. I’m looking forward to doing more volunteering at sporting events in Glasgow.”
Volunteer Karen from Tollcross, said:
“This is my first-time volunteering and I would definitely do it again. There’s been a great atmosphere at the Fan Zone and I’ve loved getting to know new people.”
Local volunteer Anne said: “After self-isolating for 18 months, I was desperate to get back to volunteering. Glasgow is the best city for hosting events and the EUROs has brought a real buzz. I love giving back to Glasgow, my home city, and volunteering will always give me a real sense of belonging.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, added:
"Glasgow is one of the world’s top football destinations and this accolade has been achieved with the support of hundreds of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. They always bring something special to world-class occasions.
“The volunteers provided the first hello and last goodbye to visitors, and in true friendly Glasgow style, ensuring everyone left with a smile on their face. A heart-felt thanks to all who gave up their time to make the Fan Zone such a success this summer.”