The FIFA World Cup 2018 RussiaTM volunteer training centre in Kaliningrad, housed on the premises of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (BFU), has successfully passed certification, welcome2018.com was told by the centre’s chief Maria Saushkina.
"The BFU volunteer centre has showcased its work to a specially appointed panel,” Saushkina said. “The audit has led to the decision that our centre is ready to begin the solicitation of applications from potential volunteers to be trained for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.” The centre’s readiness was audited by a team of specialists from the volunteer relations department of Russia-2018 Organizing Committee, who concluded that the centre is in compliance with all the applicable requirements.
"The Kaliningrad centre is expected to train 1,300 volunteers,” Saushkina added. In total, over 40,000 volunteers will be deployed for the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. The recruitment, screening and training of volunteers is slated to kick off in the 2nd quarter of 2016.
World Cup 2018 volunteer centres
The volunteer centres for the FIFA World Cup 2018,™ officially opened on 10 December 2015, will begin the screening and training of volunteers for the World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup in the 2nd quarter of 2016. The volunteer centres have been established at 15 universities in all the 11 World Cup host cities: Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow (five universities), Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi.
“The volunteers will be the face of the tournament, and its signature,” said Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sports of Russia and chairman of Russia-2018 Organizing Committee. “What the World Cup fans and participants think of Russia, and of the high-profile tournament itself, will depend on the volunteers,” he said. “I wish the best of luck to all those whose friendliness, hospitality, dedication and coordinated work will, to a great extent, define the success of the upcoming World Cup.”
The Russian higher educational institutions, designated to host the centres that will be training volunteers for the 2018 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup, received their certificates at the Ministry of Sports of RF on 14 October. The provosts of the 15 universities from the 11 World Cup host cities received their certificates personally from Vitaly Mutko.
Alongside the BFU, the other higher educational institutions hosting volunteer recruitment and training centres are G.V. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Moscow), Moscow State Technical University of the Motorways, Moscow’s “Sinergiya” University of Finance and Industry, Russia State University of Social Science (Moscow), Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Volga State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism (Kazan), Sochi State University, S.P. Korolev State Aerospace University (National Research University) of Samara, Volgograd State University, N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, State Technical University of the Don (Rostov-on-Don), N.P. Ogarev State University of Mordovia (Saransk), and the Ural Federal University named after Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia (Yekaterinburg).