The European Union alongside Paris 2020
Via Erasmus +, the continental institution will support the Paris 2020 Volunteers’ Programme in order to promote the European dimension of sport and civic commitment in the context of the European Athletics Championships.
Thanks to this support, the 1,400 volunteers who will be mobilized and will contribute to the success of the event will benefit various initiatives. Meetings and events will be organized, especially in the venues and spaces dedicated to them: discussion forums, festive and recreational activities, competition games and exchanges with European politicians and athletes.
Paris Athlé 2020 is therefore proud to be able to count on the support and assistance of the European Union, via its programme Erasmus +. Jean Gracia, President of the Organising Committee, presented the objectives associated with this approach: “We wanted to create, lead and promote a community of volunteers before, during and after the European Athletics Championships in order to offer a real European heritage to this event. We want to make this sporting event a festive and unifying event. Be part of Paris 2020 as a volunteer is an opportunity to collectively build a major sporting competition but also to meet people from different backgrounds who share common values. It is this feeling of belonging to a community that contributes to the European influence that we wish to extend in the long term.”
For the first time, an athletics event will be supported by partners who are specialized in European citizenship, with a concrete and specific action to be deployed. Institutional partners and other think tanks such as Sport and Citizenship will also be involved. This involvement will include debates on sport’s socio-political challenges and the sharing of information on the European Union and its relays.
There’s still time to apply to become Volunteer!
Launched last spring in collaboration with MAIF, national partner of the Paris 2020 European Athletics Championships, the Volunteer Programme will enter its second phase, with the selection of candidates. However, recruitment is still open. To find out everything about the programme and apply, it’s here. If you speak French and want to live unforgettable moments, come and join the adventure!