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Crowds on Southsea Common during the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay event

Portsmouth is no stranger to highly-attended public events on its open spaces. During the FA Cup winning celebration parade of 2008, nearly 200,000 turned out to cheer on their local team, and during the Olympic Torch Relay of 2012 an estimated 50,000 people gathered on Southsea Common to watch pop act Rizzle Kicks and catch a glimpse of the travelling Olympic Torch on its journey to the Olympic Stadium in London

Now Portsmouth will be playing host to another massive global event, the America’s Cup World Series, which will be arriving in July 2015, and is expected to draw in nearly 500,000 people to the city during the four days of festivities.

Event organisers Team Origin will be seeking local volunteers, or ‘Wave Makers’, to help manage the huge crowds. They said: “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase Portsmouth — the Great Waterfront City — its people, and its communities. We will be launching our event volunteering programme ‘The Wave Makers’ during February 2015.

“Volunteers are the heart of any big sports event — they engage local people who are passionate about their city. They’re full of knowledge, information, and enthusiasm. We want people who are keen to make sure that all event visitors have an amazing and unforgettable experience. Our volunteers will be fully-trained and expected to work in a buzzing and lively atmosphere, promoting positivity and ready to do their absolute best for Portsmouth and this event.”

The Event Volunteer Engagement Programme will be launched in February 2015. Team Origin will be looking to engage around 60 people in ‘on-water’ delivery and a further 300 volunteers to ensure local people get involved and help to deliver this spectacular event. Anyone who would like to express interest in volunteering can email: [email protected].

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