As part of the tournament legacy to leave a long and lasting impact in the community, tournament organizers are calling on UAE Nationals to register their details on www.takatof.ae for an opportunity to work at this year’s global football tournament.
In 2009, more than 550 UAE Nationals worked in a volunteer capacity at the FIFA Club World Cup in areas such as transport, accreditation, media, wayfinding and hosting.
Takatof will once again spearhead this year’s volunteer drive and will train all volunteers, giving them a chance to develop skills in areas they may want to potentially pursue as a career in the future.
John Lickrish, General Manager for the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010, said this tournament was an opportunity to inspire and engage the entire community.
“It is part of our legacy to leave a long and lasting impact on individuals and the community,” he said. “We’re trying to capture the imagination of the entire community and to encourage everyone to be part of this unique opportunity.”
He added: “We believe volunteers play a critical role in making an event successful and the Takatof Programme has helped train volunteers for many events locally. We are pleased to be working with them again this year.”
Maytha Al Habsi, Executive Director of the Takatof Programme, said she was looking forward to working with the organizers of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 following last year’s success.
The Takatof participation comes in the framework of a partnership concluded with the local organizing committee of the tournament.
Maytha added: “The roles of Takatof volunteers will not be limited only to supporting the organizers in hosting a successful international championship — the volunteers, especially those studying in the fields of marketing, media, and hospitality — will also gain valuable experiences as they begin building their careers. This participation will surely be an ideal opportunity for the volunteers to enhance their leadership and communications skills.”
At this year’s event, volunteers will be asked to work in areas such as transport, accreditation, marketing, media, wayfinding, hosts/hostesses and airport hosts. Full training is given as part of their roles.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 should visit the Takatof website.
The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 brings together the club champions from six continental confederations: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Oceania, as well as the winning team from the host city’s national league. From December 8-18 the teams will compete to be crowned club world cup champions over 11-days of action at Zayed Sports City and Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Five teams have already qualified for this year’s showpiece – Mexican club Pachuca FC will represent CONCACAF for the third time at the tournament, Papua New Guinea team Hekari United will fly the flag for OCEANIA, UEFA Champions FC Internazionale Milano will hope to continue Europe’s domination while CONMEBOL representatives, Brazil’s SC Internacional will aim to replicate its 2006 success when the team won the title while UFL Champions Al Wahda will be the host nation representative. Asia and Africa will find out their representatives on November 13.
Tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 are on sale now. Fans are being urged to purchase their tickets early to ensure they see some of these clubs in action before the tournament returns to Japan in 2011-2012. Fans can buy their tickets from www.FIFA.com/uae2010 or through the Call Centre on 800 FLASH (800 35274) or +971 4 366 22 88 for international purchase. For the first time in the UAE, barcode technology and e-tickets will be used for a sports event, making it easy for fans to choose, pay for and print their tickets.
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