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The Open
  • We're recruiting volunteers to support The 150th Open, being held in St. Andrews on 10-17 July 2022.

    You can register your interest on this page to be a Volunteer Ambassador for the town of St Andrews and for the whole of Fife during The Open. To find out more about the Championship, its rich history and more, please visit www.TheOpen.com


    The Open is golf's original championship and it returns to St. Andrews in July 2022 for the 150th playing.

    The Open is organised by The R&A, who we are working with alongside our partners at Fife Council, to recruit, train and support Volunteer Fife Ambassadors - welcoming, guiding, informing and helping the many visitors who will be coming to St. Andrews and Fife during the week of the Championship.

    Please note that we are not recruiting volunteers to assist directly with the golf itself, all of those roles have been filled and were significantly oversubscribed.

    Volunteer Fife Ambassadors will be positioned at the main transport facilities (the official car parks, bus stops, train stations etc.) and at key locations throughout the town to maximise presence and make it easy for people to seek help. Full training will be given and extensive support available at all times. This opportunity is ideal for people who wish to improve and develop their employability skills.


    Volunteer Fife Ambassador Role Description

    Role Title:The 150th Open Volunteer Ambassador
    Responsible to: Volunteer Development Officer
    Where:Volunteers will be positioned at key locations in St Andrews town centre and at key transport hubs created for the event, including bus and train stations and 3 park and ride sites in St Andrews
    When:Sunday 10th - Sunday 17th July
    Time commitment:There will be multiple 6 hour shifts patterns throughout the week between 6.30am - 9pm, you can commit to as few or as many shifts as you want to.
    Main tasks:You will assist activities surrounding The Open at any of the 3 Park and Ride sites in St Andrews, outside the event and in key positions around The Open to support visitors arriving and leaving the event. You will offer guidance, directions and local knowledge.

    Required skills, qualities and experience:
    You should be reliable, patient, friendly, approachable and have good communication skills. You will enjoy meeting and helping visitors both locally and from across the world. People who have a general knowledge of St Andrews and the surrounding area are very welcome, as is experience of volunteering and working at events, but this is not essential. Training will be provided. You should also be adaptable, responsible and confident to volunteer on your own or as part of a small team. This opportunity is ideal for people who wish to improve and develop their employability skills. Use of a mobile phone is desirable.

    Training and support available:
    You will have a named contact and be given that person's contact details.
    You will be offered training for this role and in addition, will be offered options accredited training on first aid, manual handling and world host training. You will have access to a welfare area for breaks, lunches and meetings with your named contact.

    Any other issues/ requirements:
    There will be a robust recruitment process including an application, an informal chat and training. We anticipate this role being oversubscribed and will notify applicants whether they have been successful on completion of the recruitment process.
    You must have the capacity to meet with the volunteer coordinator in person prior to volunteering at this event.
    You must attend mandatory induction training on week beginning 23rd May (various daytime and evening options will be available throughout the week) in both St Andrews and Glenrothes.
    A walk round of key locations will be arranged a few weeks prior to the event for volunteers who are successful. This will likely be on 29th/30th June (TBC)
    Specific duties and locations will be determined closer to the event.
    A packed lunch and refreshments will be available.
    Volunteers are encouraged to use public transport where possible and support will be given to enable volunteers to get to and from St Andrews.

    Recruitment process:
    Notify interest through this web page; informal chat; in person and online induction and training, including familiarisation visit to St Andrews.




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Who's organising the volunteers?

Fife Voluntary Action is overseeing the recruitment, training and support of volunteers for The Open, with the full support of The R&A and Fife Council. Volunteers will be volunteering with FVA rather than The R&A.


Who can volunteer?

Anybody who is able to fulfil the requirements of the role description. In partnership with The R&A and Fife Council, we have decided to prioritise places for people looking to improve their employability skills and those from disadvantaged areas/backgrounds who can commit to the full training programme. Our policy is to prioritise where feasible, and people of all ages, genders, abilities and backgrounds are able to apply and be selected.


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When will I know if I've been selected?

We'll get back to all applicants before the end of May. Training will take place on various dates and times in June, so there will be options available.


Need help?

If you're struggling to complete this form or want more information, you can call us on 0800 389 6046 during normal office hours.

Alternatively, you can e-mail us at [email protected]

Thank you.