The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Volunteer Centre created on the basis of the Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University hosted a meeting of activists with the Nizhny Novgorod region governor Gleb Nikitin. Candidates for volunteers talked about their experience of participating in major sporting events, including the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the World Cup Final Draw
Activist Maria Yakovleva gave a speech among others. Before the opening of the volunteer centre she participated in volunteer activities and projects of the university. She noted that participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a volunteer, where she assisted in Media Interaction function, was a great impetus for the further development of volunteer activity.
During the meeting of the provisional governor was presented two projects which participated in the All-Russian competition Heritage of the Volunteer Program of the 2018 World Cup. "Creative Flight" and "Next Station - Football " made it to the final round.
At the end of the meeting, Gleb Nikitin drew attention to the legacy of the 2018 World Cup Volunteer Programme. "In my opinion, currently the volunteer movement is a resource for preparing a new format for volunteer leaders," he said. "Leaders who will involve people willing to participate in a wide range of public and state projects. Today, volunteers have many opportunities to be useful both at home, in their regions, and at national and international events. Undoubtedly, we will use the potential of our volunteers and the invaluable experience of our volunteer centres."
In Samara, activists also presented projects that had reached the final stage of the Heritage of the Volunteer Programme of the 2018 World Cup. The meeting with the vice-governor of the Samara region, Alexander Fetisov, took place at the 2018 World Cup Volunteer Centre. Among the 26 finalist projects three originated from Samara: Samara Music Guide (Tourism category), Football Family-2018 (Social Projects category) and Samara Live Soccer (Urban Improvmenet category). The implementation of the finalist projects will begin in January 2018.
Nine Samara activists took part in preparation and hosting of the World Cup Final Draw in the following categories: Linguistic Services, Media Operations, Protocol, Team Services, Spectator Services and Transport.
"Our volunteer candidates are distinguished by their activity, enthusiasm and creativity. We are proud that we are leaders. It's great that the projects that our youth have presented are applied and refer to different spheres of public life," said Alexander Fetisov. "Attention to urban issues indicates desire to create a festive atmosphere in our hometown, which is also important for us.The project to develop touristic attractiveness of Samara showcases hospitality .And the social project entitled Football Family-2018 should become very popular among Samara locals, I think, I will gladly take part in it. Participation experience in international events will help Samara children next summer to perfectly tackle help in organising the 2018 World Cup. "