Thousands apply to become a Tour volunteer

Students, including 15 from Rossett School, will be Tour Makers during the 2014 Grand D�part
Students, including 15 from Rossett School, will be Tour Makers during the 2014 Grand D�part
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Over 20,000 people have so far put their names forward to be considered as ‘Tour Makers’, volunteers for the 2014 Grand Départ.

Just 10,000 of those will be chosen, but Welcome to Yorkshire believes a total of 40,000 will have signed up by Christmas.

The selection and training process for Tour Makers will begin early in 2014.

But Welcome to Yorkshire confirmed there is still time to sign up.

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity said: “With seven months to go, there is plenty of time for everyone to get involved across Yorkshire.

“People can still register to be volunteers on the website.”

Mr Verity explained the role they will play: “We are looking for a wide range of skills.

“We want people there to welcome visitors should they arrive by plane, train or car.

“The volunteers will make sure our visitors know where they are going, as well as helping in other ways with the event.”

With just seven months to go, the chief executive is confident all the pieces are in place to make for a memorable Grand Départ.

Mr Verity said: “It is all going to plan. The feeling from event organisers ASO is that we are well ahead of the curve compared to others who have organised Grand Départs in the past.

Rossett School pupils are among those already selected to be Tour Makers.

l A partnership between Welcome to Yorkshire and Asda was this week announced, with Asda helping recruit, train and provide uniforms for the Tour Makers, who will perform a similar role to the Games Makers of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

l Tour organisers attended the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year ceremony at Leeds Arena, the venue for the presentation of the teams on the eve of stage one next year.

Head to for details on registering to become a volunteer.