The official ceremony was held at the Russian State Social University in Moscow. Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko took part in the presentation.
"I congratulate you on joining the best team of volunteers in the world," said Mutko to the volunteers. "You have gone through a long and difficult selection path, you have a lot of experience, because we've had a lot of events, tournaments of international importance. We expect that the volunteer educational course will help you to discover yourself and make some new friends. Remember that a volunteer is the first one who meets the guests first and the last who sees them off from the tournament. So, the overall impression of the tournament depends on you."
The Deputy Prime Minister highlighter the importance of the Confederations Cup. "This is a very important event for our country," Mutko stressed, "the champions of the continents and the world champion will come together, this is a unique tournament. This will be an excellent opportunity for us to check our competence, to test the organization system, to find defects and fix them."
As the Local Organasing Committee CEO Aleksey Sorokin said, the Confederations Cup 2017 volunteer team had already been formed. "We selected 5844 people in total," Sorokin said. "We are very proud of our volunteers. What's next for us? Now we have launched the training program, the next stage will be preparation of team leaders, after that functional training will begin - volunteers will help the organizers across 20 functional areas. And then in mid-May and up to the start of the Confederations Cup we will train volunteers directly at the venues of the tournament."
The event was also attended by the 2018 World Cup ambassador Sergey Belogolovtsev, as well as the Moscow Spartak and Russia national team midfielder Alexander Samedov. He expressed confidence that volunteers will leave the most positive impression among the guests of Confederations Cup 2017. "I'm sure that Russian volunteers will not drop the ball," said Samedov. "The Confederations Cup is a super tournament, a very rare one in a footballer's life, and we are looking forward to it, we want to do our best, get out of the group, and then get the real fight at the finals."
Sergey Belogolovtsev told how he volunteered more than 30 years ago. "I have volunteer experience of my own, I was a volunteer at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow in 1985. It's very cool to be part of the action, when there are a lot of interesting people and you make new friends, maybe you will even find love. But it's also a great responsibility. You are very lucky," said Belogolovtsev.
Carles Puyol, former captain of the Spain national team, the 2010 world champion, addressed the volunteers with a special video message.
The event was also was attended by McDonald's company representatives; their specialists will train volunteers to work and interact with people with special needs.
"We welcome the aspiration of our partners to create a barrier-free environment and promote an active lifestyle. In this case our goals coincide - we know not from hearsay how important and difficult the work of a volunteer is at any sports competition, especially when it comes to helping people with special needs," said Svetlana Polyakova, McDonald's public relations director. "And the experience of such professionals as McDonald's specialists will certainly prove useful to our volunteers in their efforts to make football matches available to all people without exception, regardless of their state of health. More so in Russia the "Going to the FIFA Confederations Cup together with McDonald's" programme, that will help children fulfill their dreams and accompany their soccer idols to the field, is unique. For the first time in the history of the world championships children with special needs will take part in it."
At the end of the celebration volunteers, divided into six teams of 50 people, went to the classes. On the first day of training, they were told about the FIFA World Cup and Confederations Cup history, about sustainable development, tangible and intangible heritage of the tournaments. Activists were introduced to client groups and team building, the volunteer competence, interaction with people with special needs, intercultural interaction, functions and the code of the volunteer.
Vasily Gerello, 2018 World Cup host-city ambassador and the university representatives took part in the presentation of the program in Saint Petersburg.
In total the program will train more than 30,000 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup volunteers.