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Mr Kalmadi, Chairman, OC CWG Delhi 2010 and Mr. Smith, Pro-VC, Sheffield Hallam University at the MoU signing ceremony
UK students to work at XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi as volunteers

New Delhi, 9 March 2010: The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and Sheffield Hallam University have today signed an exclusive agreement for 30 student volunteers to work at the Games from October 3-14 in the Press Operations functional area. These students will be selected from Sheffield Hallam University's media and journalism courses and will be part of the pool of 30,000 volunteers for D2010.

The agreement follows the success of a similar project at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when Sheffield Hallam students worked with the press team and were the only Europeans among 16000 volunteers. Sheffield Hallam is also working in partnership with the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP and Chairman, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi said that OC CWG Delhi 2010 is planning a state-of-the-art Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre and other facilities for more than 5,000 media representatives. The students of journalism from Sheffield Hallam will get a great opportunity to contribute to the D 2010 press operations team. “The volunteers are going to be the face of the Games and we welcome the Sheffield Hallam volunteers to the Organising Committee’s fold. We hope they will enjoy the experience of working at the Games in Delhi and contribute to its success.”

Sheffield Hallam University Vice Chancellor Professor Philip Jones thanked the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi for this exclusive opportunity to work with the Games. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and we would like to thank Mr. Kalmadi, Chairman OC CWG Delhi 2010 for giving us this opportunity.”

“Sheffield Hallam was the UK’s first designated “City of Sport” and has a world-class reputation for its commitment to sports, which is demonstrated through the sports facilities in the city, backed by teaching, research and medical support at the university. We are delighted to be able to showcase our ability at such a significant and important sporting event as the Delhi Commonwealth Games,” said Jones. He added that "not only will the students benefit from working on an internationally prestigious project but they will also have the opportunity to work in an international setting, which will help them to prepare for working in a global environment when they graduate.”