Paul Motte, bursar at UWC Atlantic College is Games Maker at the Millennium Stadium
20th July 2012
With the opening of the Olympic Games fast approaching, the football tournament kicks off in Cardiff two days before on Wednesday 25 July. Delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will rely on 70,000 volunteers known as Games Makers and Paul Motte, the college bursar, is one of those involved at the Millennium Stadium.
Having initially responded to the appeal for volunteers in July 2010, the selection, training and allocation of roles has culminated in his involvement with two teams: the Uniforms Team and the Workforce Operations Team.
As a Uniforms Team Member, he is one of the first faces of London 2012 for the other Games Makers so, along with other team members, it is in their hands to create that lasting first good impression. It is expected that the team in Cardiff will be responsible for the distribution of 100,000 pieces of uniform and kit to over 400 Games Makers.
Once that work is complete and staff levels are checked and surplus stock prepared for return to London, Paul will transfer to the Workforce Operation Team - a small team responsible for ensuring that all workforce functions are delivered in an effective and efficient manner. The small team of 4 will also be responsible for ensuring that all workforce members will be serviced and supplied to ensure optimum performance and morale during Games time. The team will be amongst the first people at work each day to check-in all the paid and volunteer workforce and to ensure their days begin in a positive manner.
‘From the day that the Games were awarded to London, it was important for me to find a way to involved,’ said Paul. ‘It was never going to be as a competitor, so this opportunity to be part of the volunteer workforce delivers against that aspiration!
As well as Paul, Victoria Provis (class of 1973), past Vice-Chair of Governors and currently member of the Development Committee, is also Games Maker based at Wimbledon for the tennis.