Each year we count how many athletes participated at events across Europe, but we often forget to mention those who were the most important link in the sports event organization – volunteers. They are the ones who selflessly take their time to make the sport event organized at the highest level. Beside local volunteers, international ones are also important as they often travel miles to be a part of an event.
This summer, besides athletes that represented the hosts of the forthcoming European Universities Games, volunteers from Serbia were present at events that were organized all over Europe. From Portugal to Sweden, they had the chance to learn about organization in sport and to feel the atmosphere that expect them next year.
“I will recommend everyone to be volunteers at any event. You feel great during the event and at the end of the competition that feeling doesn´t end. During the entire event there was a lot to do, and also a lot of enjoyment, laughs and foremost, hanging around with people. – said Momčilo Marčeta who volunteered at Camerino at the European Universities Table Tennis Champioship.”
Tijana Jevtić was in Porto at the European Universities 3×3 Basketball Championship and the event exceeded her expectations:
“First thing that I noticed was the hospitality and the kindness of the organizers. Everyone that I asked for help did that without any hesitations. My team was excellent and jobs were divided equally and everyone had his/her task and achievable goals. Of course I would like if a lot of people apply to volunteer in Belgrade next year because that feeling that you can meet people all around Europe is beautiful!”
Mihajlo Salkić had great time volunteering at the Slovenian seaside in the City of Koper, volunteering at the European Universities Water Polo and Beach Volleyball Championship:
“Tournament and the feeling on it was awesome, because there was always someone to help if you need anything. Although the tournament was European Championship everyone were so positive and relaxed. Everyone was easily approachable for a short conversation. I even got the signed t-shirt from the tournament MVP.”
Biggest competition this summer, European Universities Combat Sports Championship was a real challenge for young people that wanted to experience how does it feel to work on a major sport event.
“Because I have ambition to be a sports journalist when I graduate, being part of the media team of the championship with more than 1300 athletes was a real challenge. Zagreb proved to be an excellent organizer, and the team had clear roles and responsibility. I would recommend volunteering at EUSA events to everyone that would like to gain experience, meet new people and work on their confidence” – concluded Ana Vlaški, volunteer at the European Universities Combat Sports Championship.
Fifth European Universities Games in Belgrade next year would be an ideal chance for 2300 young people to gain their first experience at organizing a major competition, as well to meet their colleagues all across Europe and to be the part of the biggest European Universities Sport Event in history.