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Russia awaits Confederations Cup kick-off

Russia awaits Confederations Cup kick-off St Petersburg Stadium will host the opening game of the Confederations Cup

Volunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 are in position to support the Tournament of Champions in every host city across Russia.

The competition kicks-off tomorrow with hosts Russia taking on New Zealand in St. Petersburg.

Volunteers will help organisers across 20 areas of responsibility, with the first group of volunteers helping in ticketing, accreditation, catering and volunteer management.

For example, volunteers at the tournament ticket office in Sochi will help visitors get their bearings and tell them about the ticket purchasing process.

“Every volunteer is trained before taking up his or her role,” explained Sergey Cheremshanov, director of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Centre at the Sochi State University.

“Training covers general issues and specific matters, as well as on-site instruction.”

Volunteers help FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 participants, including organisers, contractors and other volunteers, to prepare for the tournament by issuing accreditation and uniforms.

A total of 5,844 volunteers will support the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, with 1,733 in Saint Petersburg, 1,590 in Moscow, 1,261 in Sochi and 1,260 in Kazan.

“For me, the Confederations Cup is the biggest event of my life,” Irina Snegova, a volunteer with the accreditation team who helps tournament organisers at the accreditation centre located at the Spartak Stadium.

“We have a brilliant and friendly team that has managed to gel in under a week. Our job is to make sure that people who come to our centre feel welcome because it’s us, the accreditation volunteers, who set the tone for visitors and organisers.

“We have a lot to do ahead of us and I’m confident we will do a fantastic job.

“I can’t wait for the tournament to start, so we can enjoy this football celebration.”