As you read this, I’ll be sitting in Twickenham Stadium undergoing training for my volunteer role at the Rugby World Cup in the Autumn.
In fact, I’m writing this in the world famous Cabbage Patch pub, drinking a rather nice glass of Rioja. Needs must, right?
Out of 20000 applicants, 10000 made it to interview, and only 6000 or so of us made it through.
I’m one of those lucky, lucky buggers who made it through, all the processes, and I’ll be a ‘Field of Play Assistant’ for the game on 10 October, at the Etihad Stadium between England and Uruguay.
The process started last year, when applications opened and I was interviewed nearly a year ago in Media City, where our introductions to the programme, and our interviews were held.
Now, after my first initial session with 4000 or so other volunteers at the MK Don Stadium, and after a set of online training tasks that cemented our customer service, equality and diversity, and presentation skills, I’ll now be sitting in a conference room at the home of Rugby Union. Twickers.
I’m a bit giddy.
Tomorrow I’ll pick up my uniform.
It’s an intriguing blend of navy and neon yellow, culminating ultimately in a neon yellow cap, that must be worn at all times.
I have a feeling the designers didn’t take into account there being many redheads…. And none with the bright orange I cultivate.
They want us to be identifiable at all times. Yeah, nobody is going to miss me.
And as I sit here, eating my burger with maverick sauce (good), with fries (standard), and mac n cheese (very good), I can’t help but wonder who else is on the same journey.
Guess I’ll find out tomorrow.