• Training kicks off for FIFA Confederations Cup volunteers across Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi
  • Special training will aim to help volunteers in supporting people with disabilities 
  • Former Spain captain Carles Puyol provides a special message of good luck for participants 
With just over two months to go until the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, the biggest sporting event of the year, some of the key contributors who make the tournament possible, the volunteers, have taken centre stage.
Training for volunteers who will help to run the competition in Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi has already started, and the training programme was presented to the media and some high-profile guests on Tuesday, 11 April. In Moscow, the presentation at the Russian State Social University, home to one of the capital’s Volunteer Centres for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, was attended by Vitaly Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of the RF and Chairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, Russia 2018 Ambassador Sergei Belogolovtsev, and Spartak Moscow and Russia midfielder, Aleksandr Samedov.
Carles Puyol, ex-Barcelona and Spain captain, spoke to volunteers via a special video address. The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner helped to launch the LOC’s Volunteer Programme and explained that more than 175,000 people from Russia and other countries volunteered for this year’s Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup.
"On the pitch, the players are the most important people. Off the pitch, it’s the volunteers who play the biggest role," Puyol said. "You are the face of your country and you have the honour of representing it. You are the ones who get to help out both the participants and the spectators. You have an important and interesting task ahead of you that I hope you will enjoy. I wish you luck and I am certain that your work will be a great success."