London Montage

Diary of A Games Maker – The Training Begins

The purpose of the Orientation sessions in February was to learn more about the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to introduce various aspects of London 2012. It was an upbeat, slick, glitzy affair, hosted by Jonathan Edwards, with big screens and lots of music. Eddie Izzard was there in person at beginning and also appeared in one of the films.  Sebastian Coe also appeared on film but I understand he may have attended some other sessions himself.

There were interviews eg with the CEO of LOCOG, the Head of Security, heads of client services, human resources etc, as well as mock studio presentations which introduced a series of films showing the varied roles and personalities of Games Makers.  These seemed designed to showcase the diversity and inclusion aspects as well as potential roles of  the volunteers. The uniforms were paraded and explanations given for the colours etc, as well as the one-off design of the trainers. Overall, the session seemed to be aimed at enthusing everyone about their roles and their importance to the success of the Games.