Volunteer centre activists mark 500 days until the 2018 World Cup

The championship’s host cities hosted festivities in honor of the occasion
30 January 2017
On January 30,all 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Host Cities celebrated 500 days until the championship. Of course, volunteer candidates also participated in the events. Not only did activists help organise the festivities, they also participated in contests and games. Host City Ambassadors also took part in the festivities along with representatives of regional authorities.


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Sochi State University activists went to the Lazarevsky District Centre of Ethnic Cultures where they held a football lesson for 500 schoolchildren.


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Ural Federal University volunteers held a large flashmob on the dam of the city pond in Ekaterinburg. In honor of the remaining 500 days 500 activists formed a huge number 500. Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev, Ekaterinburg City Administration Head Alexander Yacob, Sverdlovsk Region Sport and Youth Policy Minister Leonid Rapaport and Ekaterinburg’s ambassador for the World Cup and Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics Irina Zilber all took part in the flashmob.


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The Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad marked the 500 days by opening its doors – volunteers welcomed future students and their parents to participate in the university’s activities, including a flashmob. The guests formed the number 500 with the help of many different coloured cards.

Nizhny Novgorod  

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Activists in Nizhny Novgorod State University also took part in the organization of festivities over the weekend.

The host-city held a game called “Along the Fan’s Journey”. Participants went down the city’s main squares and streets competing in many different football-themed activities.

Three main locations were created – sports, creativity and intellect, all of them devoted to the World Cup. Players could show their skills in dribbling, sprinting and shooting accuracy, as well as World Cup trivia and a ‘taboo’ type of game where you have to explain words in connection with the city’s preparations for the tournament.

Teams also clashed in foosball and who gets more likes on social media for their photos.

All in all there were six teams including one team of volunteers.


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In Moscow’s Russian State Social University, the 500 days were marked with a chess tournament. The winner received a ball signed by Russia’s national team former captain Roman Shirokov.


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The central campus at the Ogarev Mordovia State University showed off the first World Cup 2018 brand bus in Saransk. Activists from the World Cup Volunteer Centre and the local volunteer centre took part in the event. In the morning of January 30th, 2017 the number 500 could be seen on the façade of the University’s main building - volunteers turned on the lights in 32 windows of the building, a nod to the number of participants in the upcoming World Cup.


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The volunteer centre at the Don State Technical University held a virtual football tournament on their PlayStation 4 consoles among applicants for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee and the City Volunteers programme. The best players got unique prizes and souvenirs.

A press conference was held in the congress hall of the university about the 500 days till World Cup 2018 and the volunteer programme. Deputy governor Igor Guskov, Rostov region Sports Minister Samvel Arakelyan and the Don State Technical University rector Besarion Meskhi took part in the conference.  

At the end of the day, a flashmob was held, with people standing to form the number 500 and release luminous balloons of the Russian national flag colours – while, blue and red.

The campaign to hire volunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the FIFA 2018 World Cup RussiaTM became one of the most large-scale ones in the history of the volunteer movement and set a record in the number of applications.


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