UEFA received a record number of applications to join the volunteer programme for Euro 2020, with over 37,000 people expressing an interest in helping out this summer.
Volunteers are used to help fans from abroad get the most out of their time at the tournament, keeping fans safe and helping tourists find their way around a new city by giving them valuable information about the local area.
🙌 Thank you to everybody who applied to volunteer at #EURO2020!— UEFA (@UEFA) February 21, 2020
📈 We received a record 37,000 applications from 159 countries - 15,000 more than in 2016.
⚽ 12,000 will be successful, learning skills, forging friendships and being a part of a huge celebration of football! pic.twitter.com/TT4rpIu06V
With Euro 2020 set to be held in 12 different countries, the need for volunteers has arguably never been greater, and UEFA took to their official website to confirm that they had been inundated with applications.
Those 37,000 applicants came from 159 different countries, with 12% of those not even coming from people who live in any of the host countries.
"There is a rich tradition of volunteering at all major sports events and UEFA EURO has never been an exception. Those who are eventually chosen will have the opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience this summer,” said UEFA Events SA CEO Martin Kallen.
“Through volunteering, UEFA and the local organisers in each host city offer local people the chance to be part of one of the biggest sports events in the world and in most cases the largest footballing event organised in their city.
"They are able to learn invaluable skills which will help them in their future professions and make long-lasting friendships with people from across the continent.”
60% of the applications came from people under the age of 25, while 41% came from women, which is an increase from Euro 2012, when only 36% of the applications were submitted by women.
The venue which attracted the most interest was Baku, Azerbaijan, with 18% of people wanting to help out there. Behind that, Saint Petersburg, London, Rome and Budapest also saw plenty of fans sign up for a position.
Those that do not get selected for a UEFA role will still be eligible to volunteer as part of each city's own programme, which is designed to offer fans as much help as possible and make Euro 2020 a memorable occasion for all.