The Volunteer Programme for The 2019 Solheim Cup has been launched today, opening up opportunities for more than 1,000 volunteers to share in an incredible experience and help Scotland make the event one of the most successful ever.
The Programme will encourage women and young people in particular to volunteer for the 2019 Solheim Cup as well as allowing both golfers and non-golfers to get involved and get the most out of the experience.
This builds on the ambition of creating the most inclusive Solheim Cup to date when it is hosted at Gleneagles in Perthshire from 9-15 September 2019. A Volunteer Support Pot will also be in place to help some volunteers should they need extra help to participate in the volunteer experience.
Anyone interested can volunteer in a variety of areas including Marshals, Scoring, Transport, Administration and Television, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the event and support Organisers delivering the Solheim Cup.
Full details of the volunteering opportunities are available on the website. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to register their interest by signing up at www.solheimcup2019.com as soon as possible. Interest is anticipated from across Scotland, the UK, Europe and the US and is expected to exceed demand so selection is not guaranteed.
Recently appointed European Captain and VisitScotland Ambassador, Catriona Matthew, is looking to return the trophy to Europe in 2019 after an inspired USA team retained their trophy by 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 points, in front of record crowds in Iowa.
Catriona said, “Volunteers are one of the most important parts of any golfing event we play in. The pride our Scottish volunteers will take in ensuring visitors and fans experience the very best of Scottish hospitality will be our secret weapon.”
The programme is being led by Liz Taylor, the Head Volunteer. Liz has a wealth of experience in volunteering and is currently involved in the junior coaching programme at Prestonfield Golf Club in Edinburgh where more than 100 children receive coaching each week.
Liz was awarded SGU Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and more recently Scottish Women in Sport People’s Champion 2014. Liz said: “It’s a great honour to take up this prestigious opportunity and I’m fully committed in ensuring that all our volunteers both receive a very warm welcome, and provide a very warm Scottish welcome to everyone involved in the event.”