In the run-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is calling on residents who are interested in sport to take part in a volunteer scheme, which makes hosting the tournament possible.
Volunteers are needed to help with the huge logistics operation of staging an international sporting event. Just like the Olympics, thousands of volunteers are needed to ensure the smooth running of the matches. Applications for volunteers will open on Monday 17th March, with selection events happening all over the country in the second half of 2014. For more information on the volunteer programme, click here.
Brighton & Hoves bid to be included in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was successful and two matches will be held at the Amex Stadium. The first match will be held on Saturday 19th September 2015 and second on Sunday 20th September 2015. The first match will include former 1995 World Cup Winners South Africa.
The American Express Community Stadium known as The Amex was completed in 2011 at a cost of £93 million. The stadium is the home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and has capacity of 30,750.
Commenting, Mike said: Just like the Olympics, volunteers will play a crucial role in the success of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The organisers of the tournament are looking for help from the public and so I hope that residents who are interested in Rugby will take part in this unique sporting opportunity.