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University of Birmingham becomes national supplier for 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

January 16, 2018

The University of Birmingham has become the latest national supplier for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.

The University will support the volunteer programme for the Championships, which is the biggest indoor sports event to be staged in the city for 15 years.

More than 500 volunteers, who’ll be known as ‘Gems’, to highlight the city’s Jewellery Quarter and because they are so valuable to the event, are being recruited to help out during the Championships, and the University will support this programme.

Championships Director, Joan Durose, said: “We are delighted to have the biggest university in the city on board as a supplier. Our volunteers are crucial to the success of the Championships and it is great to have the expertise of the University to call on, to help us provide a first-class training programme for our Gems.”

Zena Wooldridge OBE, University of Birmingham’s Director of Sport, said: “It’s a privilege to be a part of another global sporting event happening in Birmingham. In a university where athletics is part of our heritage, and volunteering is an increasingly important part of our student experience, our support for the Gems programme is a natural synergy.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for our own volunteer team to contribute to the success of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, whilst supporting some of our students to gain a unique and memorable volunteering experience from this event coming to Birmingham.”

The IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 will be jointly organised by Birmingham City Council and British Athletics on behalf of the IAAF (the International Association of Athletics Federations).

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