50 days to go – and the volunteers are pouring in

Photo: Lau Nielsen

With precisely 50 days left until the IHF Women’s World Championship 2023, preparations are entering their crucial phase. Fortunately, there are plenty of volunteer hands ready to take on tasks in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

In a Handball World Championship, there are the stars on the court, and then there are the stars behind the scenes. Without the hundreds of volunteer enthusiasts taking on a massive task during the IHF Women’s World Championship, there would be no foundation for the players to entertain all of us on the court.

The three host countries, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are all seasoned organizers of handball championships, and this has fortunately created a solid base of volunteers who are once again ready to create this year’s biggest handball celebration.

It all kicks off on November 29th in Herning, Frederikshavn, Stavanger, Trondheim, Gothenburg, and Helsingborg.

“The volunteers who participated during the EHF EURO 2020 in Trondheim had a fantastic experience. Many of them are returning in December to be part of the community once again. We are very grateful for this. We are fortunate to have such a talented and willing group of volunteers,” says Kia Haftorn Otnes, project manager for the championship in Norway.

In the Swedish host cities, the interest in volunteering has been so significant that the organizers have even had to decline some interested individuals.

“It’s incredibly cool that so many want to participate and make the championship a success! Without volunteers, we couldn’t manage. We have a good base of volunteers who have participated in previous championships, but also some newcomers who will experience a championship through volunteering for the first time,” says Louise Idebäck, Volunteer Coordinator in Sweden.

In total, close to 2,000 volunteers are needed to organize such a large event with 32 participating teams. There’s still a chance to join the team in various places, but it’s the last call to get involved, as the response in Denmark is also high.

“The volunteers are the backbone of such a World Championship. Without them, no handball celebration. Fortunately, we experience a very high interest in participating. Many have volunteered before and have realized the numerous experiences and valuable lessons it provides, which can be applied in many other contexts,” says event manager in Denmark, Anita Kristiansen.

Do you want to be a part of creating the handball celebration and gain experiences of a lifetime? Learn more and apply here.

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