Volunteers are primed and ready to give visiting rugby fans from across the globe good lasting memories of Gloucester.
When the Rugby World Cup comes to the city’s Kingsholm stadium in 2015, there will be an army of volunteers from the county’s clubs, and members of the public, to help the event run smoothly.
The deadline for initial applications was Friday, March 14.
“I would not have thought we would have any problems in getting the numbers of people needed, either through the rugby clubs or from the general public,” said Gloucester City Council leader Paul James.
“I have always got the impression that it would not be a problem and it may well just be a matter of who the organisers can accommodate.
“Gloucester people are rugby people and know what’s required.
“We as a city have shown in the past, such as during the Olympic torch relay that there is an appetite for volunteering in sport.
“Hartpury College and the University of Gloucestershire want to be involved too - I don’t think we will be struggling for numbers.”
Three quarters of ‘The Pack’ - the volunteers - will be recruited from rugby clubs in England and Wales and te remaining 1,500 places will give members of the public the chance to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
The majority of roles will be in spectator services and transport.
Members of the general public who registered an interest in volunteering before the deadline, as well as nominated club members, will be invited to complete a volunteer application form around now. The application window will close on April 17.
Selection events will then take place between June and December 2014.
Adam Balding, Gloucester City Council’s Rugby World Cup 2015 co-ordinator, said: “There is the opportunity to get involved both through this national programme and locally through a recruitment process that the council will be running.
“ It is a great chance to be involved in one of the world’s largest sporting events and to showcase our city to visitors. The volunteers really helped make the Olympics the special occasion it turned out to be. Between us all we can do the same for this event and for Gloucester.”
Meanwhile Mr James is looking forward to seeing former Gloucester coach Nigel Melville, who is in charge of the USA Eagles team.
They played the All Blacks at Kingsholm in the 1991 tournament and this time are very likely to feature alongside Georgia, Argentina, Tonga and Japan.
“The eagles supporters will love Gloucester - what an awesome place to play a World Cup game,” Mr Melville said on Twitter.