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Council employees make the most of the Clyde-sider experience

Angela Coulter and Andy Cowan, West Lothian Council

Two West Lothian Council employees share their memories of volunteering as Clyde-siders during the Commonwealth Games. Find out about the skills they brought to their roles and the inspirational experiences they enjoyed volunteering at the Games.

Angela Coulter, Active Schools Coordinator at West Lothian Council

I was inspired by the London gamesmakers and wanted to be involved throughout the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. My aim was to undertake a role with attached responsibilities, one which would make best use of my current skill set yet enable personal growth within a challenging environment. I felt it won’t do my career any harm and it would allow me to learn more about myself.

I was selected to volunteer as a general relations assistant and was based at the Glasgow Commonwealth Village working for the New Zealand management team, performance support staff, officials and athletes.

My role varied throughout the Commonwealth Village and included room inventory checks, hospital collections, setup of team medical cabins, building bikes for team members alongside co-ordinating uniform distributions, troubleshooting housekeeping issues, making nutritional drinks for athletes, attending sport competitions with team New Zealand and many more.

I volunteered a total of 19 working days and approximately 209 hours, each of which, supplying me with the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

The Games have been a life changing experience for me and I feel I have learned a lot about myself in terms of resilience, work ethic and leadership. I like efficiency and enjoy working as part of a team but I am not afraid to lead if required.

Glasgow 2014 has supplied me with an amazing volunteering opportunity which has provided me with an experience which can’t be described through words.

Andy Cowan, Sports Development Assistant at West Lothian Council 

I believe I was chosen to be a Clyde-sider because of my current sporting background and vast experience in similar ‘small scale’ events, all of which, obtained during my time at college and through working in Sports Development. I welcomed the challenge of being involved in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as I thought my organisational skills combined with my enthusiasm to perform tasks would contribute towards delivering both a welcoming and memorable experience for everyone involved.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been an unforgettable experience, one which I will have the pleasure of sharing with others throughout my lifetime.

I was stationed at Hampden Park which hosted the track and field events and my duties as part of the ‘Printed Results Distribution Team’ introduced me to those who were working behind the scenes. I never completely appreciated the work that goes into such an event and it was refreshing to witness the work which was vitally important to the smooth running of the event. My role showed me that behind the glamorous side of an event such, there are important, hard working groups who contribute to the overall organisation of a spectacle quoted as ‘pure dead brilliant’ and ‘the best games ever’.

Being involved has shown me that team work is imperative to the success of an event. It has been widely documented that ‘People Make Glasgow’ and I witnessed this first hand. I feel privileged to be one of 15,000 Clyde-siders who made history in Scotland.

Witnessing the atmosphere in and around Hampden Park, combined with meeting numerous athletes was phenomenal and an experience which I find hard to put into words.