You can now apply to volunteer at the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton tournament, the YONEX All England Open.
The storied Championships return to the Utilita Arena Birmingham from 16 to 20 March 2022 and we’re searching for passionate volunteers to join the team.
With crowds set to be welcomed back to the tournament for the first time since 2020, volunteers will as always play a crucial role in the running of the event.
Their friendly faces capture the passion and excitement of the event, and their focus and dedication make it a welcoming and compelling event for all involved.
Volunteering gives the opportunity to gain new skills, meet likeminded people, give back to the community and feel part of a team – as well as having fun!
You can now apply for up to 15 volunteer roles, ranging from field of play to media centre, umpiring to mixed zone and venue operations.
There are roles open in accreditation, athlete services, media centre, results service, shuttle control, team liaison and transport.
Technical official roles are now open, including for qualified line judges and umpires.
Those are central to ensuring fair match play and following the Laws of Badminton.
There are roles to cater for different skill sets – if you’re good behind the wheel, then transport is right up your street.
If you’re observant and good with IT, you’d smash it in results service or shuttle control. And if you’re a bundle of energy, you’re ready-made for the field of play or venue operations teams.
Check out the full range of roles, along with an overview of what each involves, below:
- Accreditation – Accreditation Team Members present the friendly face of the tournament at the point of arrival of teams, volunteers, officials and VIPs, welcoming all to the event and handing out accreditation.
- Athlete Services – Athlete Services Team Members present the friendly face to athletes and team officials in the Practice area. They will maintain the facilities and help to co-ordinate the practice and final warm up rotas, as well as the Player Green Room.
- Field of Play Entrance – The Field of Play Entrance team liaises with Sports Presentation to send the athletes, technical officials and court maintenance volunteers onto the field of play at the correct time and order.
- Field of Play – Field of Play (FOP) Team Members support the set-up, maintenance, changeover and breakdown of the Field of Play, including the final warm-up courts.
- Line Judge – THIS ROLE IS FOR QUALIFIED LINE JUDGES ONLY: Technical officials are central to ensuring fair match play follows the Laws of Badminton and competition regulations. A line judge is responsible for indicating where a shuttle landed “in” or “out” if the shuttle land near the lines he/she is assigned to monitor.
- Media Centre – Media Centre Team Members support the attending accredited media, TV production crews and event photographers by manning the media centre throughout the Championships, responding to requests for interviews/ information and access as well as ensuring their comfort and wellbeing. Some content generation may also be requested.
- Media Mixed Zone – As first point of contact for players coming off court, Mixed Zone Team members provide crucial support to accredited media by ensuring the efficient operation of the Championships mixed zone (where players are interviewed by the world’s media as they exit the Field of Play after every match).
- Results Service – Results Service Team Members help coordinate the tournament software, liaise with the umpire and announcers, display matches/scores for spectators and provide information for other key workers to help with their roles.
- Shuttle Control – Shuttle Control Team Members help to maintain a safe and clean playing environment for badminton athletes through the competition by collecting and replacing shuttles before and after each match.
- Team Liaison – Team Liaison Officers are the main point of contact for teams and individual players during their stay at the Event. They are vital in presenting the friendly face of the tournament from the point of arrival of teams and to act as the intermediary contact between teams and tournament organisers.
- Transport – Transport Team Members meet and greet key client groups and transport them to pre-determined destinations.
- Umpire – THIS ROLE IS FOR QUALIFIED UMPIRES ONLY: Technical officials are central to regulating badminton on-court and ensuring fair match play which follows the Laws of Badminton and the various competition regulations. The umpire has authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surroundings.
- Venue Access – Venue Access Team Members share information and direct volunteers, players and officials to appropriate areas based on their accreditation.
- Venue Operations – Event Operations Team Members help with the Field of Play set up, changeover and breakdown and maintain specific areas at the event.
- Volunteer Services – Volunteer Services Team Members are the first point of call for all volunteers. They distribute resources, support the volunteers and help facilitate the best possible volunteer experience.