Well Met Conferencing saw the influx of hundreds of volunteers and potential volunteers this month, as Leeds Beckett University became the only venue in Yorkshire to host England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), for Volunteer Try Outs to find members of 'The Pack', the 6,000 volunteers who will welcome the world to Rugby World Cup 2015.
From 14 October – 27 October, Leeds Beckett University welcomed existing and potential members of 'The Pack,' who were asked questions based on the values of the game along with questions on suitability for the role that volunteers are being considered for in 2015. There will be a range of roles throughout the lead up and delivery of the Tournament but they will mainly be focused on transport and spectator services. There will be a small number of specialist roles including roles in media operations, accreditation and workforce operations.
This programme utilised the space at Well Met’s Grade II listed James Graham Building at the University’s Headingley Campus for a number of activities including, interviews, welcoming areas and an exhibition. The exhibition included facts about the RWC, an interactive rugby simulator and cinema showing exclusive videos featuring rugby ambassadors.
Mary Cahill, Try Outs Manager, for Rugby World Cup 2015 said:
"It made perfect sense for us to choose Leeds Beckett University for the Leeds Try Outs. For our Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteer recruitment drive in Leeds, we required plenty of space and the team were able to deliver that, along with excellent customer service, high quality facilities and great attention to detail. As well as being the location for the Leeds Try Outs, the university is also a Team Base for Scotland during Tournament time, as they get set for their match against USA on September 27, 2015.”
Kate Davis, Head of Business Development for Campus and Residential Services at Leeds Beckett University comments:
“We are delighted to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world by hosting by the recruitment programme and showcasing our versatile, extensive and state-of-the art facilities. In July 2014, Leeds saw the success of the Tour De France Grand Départ and now The Rugby World Cup gives us another great opportunity to put our city on the global sporting map.”
20,000 people applied to be members of 'The Pack' and 10,000 people have been invited to attend the Try Outs to select the 6,000 people who will help welcome the world to England for the Tournament. The Try Outs, which began in June this year, will run until December 2014 in every Rugby World Cup 2015 host city.
Leeds Beckett University has also been chosen as the official training venue for the Scotland Rugby Team during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.