England's UEFA EURO 2020 ambassador made a trip to Wembley to surprise volunteers

Thursday 07 Nov 2019
Rio Ferdinand prepares behind the scenes ahead of his special surprise

England's UEFA EURO 2020 ambassador Rio Ferdinand dropped into Wembley to surprise a group of future volunteers hoping to play a part in next summer’s European Championship.

The former England and Manchester United defender welcomed volunteer hopefuls upon arrival and ran through some practice questions ahead of their interviews.

Over 3000 people applied to volunteer in and around Wembley Stadium next summer, with roles in areas including accreditation, spectator services and transport.

The national stadium will host seven games over the course of the tournament, including both semi-finals and the showpiece final.

Susan Couper, UEFA EURO 2020 Senior Volunteer Manager said: “The Volunteer Interview Centre has welcomed 1,802 applicants through its doors since it opened back in August.

"We've been lucky to meet some amazing candidates in that time, coming from over 108 nationalities and ranging in age from 18 through to 82. The process has been a real team effort, but I particularly want to thank our volunteer scouts, who as volunteers themselves have been trained to interview and recruit other volunteers.

"They've given up a huge amount of their time over the last three months, and we could not have run such a successful programme without their continued enthusiasm and support.”

And you can see the video below...


By FA Staff