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Foilling Around
-20th February 2011, 22:27
Has anyone who applied to be a volunteer heard anything about helping in the fencing events?

BigPappaBear
-21st February 2011, 06:47
Didn't even spot that a request had gone out. Was that through BFA or through the Olympic Committee?

The Driver
-21st February 2011, 09:58
Did anyone who volunteered hear anything back yet (not specifically re fencing)?

max
-7th June 2011, 12:36
Has anyone else volunteered and had their interview as I'd be interested in knowing what to expect?

I'm due to have mine in Coventry on the 24th and have been told that, if accepted, I'll be part of the fencing team.

Foilling Around
-7th June 2011, 18:50
Me too my interview in also in Coventry for fencing.

Anarch
-9th June 2011, 07:50
Had mine yesterday in London. Apart from the waiting around, with an opportunity to talk to some of the fencing team, it is a reasonably rigidly scripted (for fairness to everyone) one-to-one interview with a non-fencing interviewer (who has been briefed on fencing well enough to understand most of what you are saying). The script is all based around behavioural patterns. All in all I was favourably impressed by the process.

PM1
-9th June 2011, 12:55
Did mine in Manchester last month- Or was it earlier than that?? -, and I'd pretty much agree with Anarch. Found the video presentation interesting, mind. it's the process after the interview that is becoming more frustrating....

Contemplating withdrawing: several of us were talking about it this w/e. Let's see if I'm offered the opportunity to pay my way to be a volunteer yet....

Danum
-9th June 2011, 14:58
Oi PM1 No one spoke with me!!!!!

riposteinprime
-9th June 2011, 15:02
Let's see if I'm offered the opportunity to pay my way to be a volunteer yet....

Sounds just like what British Fencing are doing for europeans!

PM1
-9th June 2011, 16:06
NOT what British Fencing are doing with the Euros: they are NOT the paymaster, not calling the tune.......tho' vols are having to pay for accomodation and other exes, but we are feeding them on shift.

PM1
-9th June 2011, 16:07
Oi PM1 No one spoke with me!!!!!

I think you had better things to occupy your time, lady, than speak of such things !!

and I spoke to you loads....cheek !!!!!!!

riposteinprime
-10th June 2011, 10:44
NOT what British Fencing are doing with the Euros: they are NOT the paymaster, not calling the tune.......tho' vols are having to pay for accomodation and other exes, but we are feeding them on shift.

I don't follow. Who are the paymasters if not ultimately british fencing? Who's paying for your hotel at the Euros?

I want just pointing out the humour in complaining that it costs money to volunteer when you're expecting others to do the same in a few weeks.

Peter Pan
-10th June 2011, 10:59
Who are the paymasters if not ultimately british fencing?

Not as many as originally intended by all accounts - I just spotted this in BF Board minute http://www.britishfencing.com/uploads/files/bf_board_minutes_30.03.11_approved_05.05.11.pdf (under "Sheffield 2011")

"Funding from the EFC (c. 80k) which had originally been expected was now not available. In addition we had received a c. 75k reduction in funding from Welcome to Yorkshire, due to central government cuts. JT explained that difficult budget cuts had been made to accommodate this..."

sabregran
-25th June 2011, 07:26
Had mine yesterday in London. Apart from the waiting around, with an opportunity to talk to some of the fencing team, it is a reasonably rigidly scripted (for fairness to everyone) one-to-one interview with a non-fencing interviewer (who has been briefed on fencing well enough to understand most of what you are saying). The script is all based around behavioural patterns. All in all I was favourably impressed by the process.

Although we had been warned about the scripting and being asked similar questions again later, I found the interview (yesterday at Warwick) very disconcerting as later questions were often prefixed by comments (such as "So you haven't ... but ...") that implied that the interviewer hadn't listened to/understood responses to earlier questions.

There didn't seem to be any fencing specialists to talk to, although I did find another fencing interviewee there. Also, it seemed to be only for the wheel-chair fencing this time so does anyone know if they are doing a separate interview for the rest of the fencing?

max
-25th June 2011, 08:25
I had my interview in Coventry yesterday. There was a 1hr 45 minute drive there, registration, briefing, video (which had been showing in the waiting area anyway) and finally a 20 minute interview. Then a further 2hr drive back, thanks to all those southerners heading north for their weekends. All in all I spent from 10am until 3.50pm for that 20 minute interview.

I can't fault the interview or interviewer, it was competency based so I had to drag up long lost memories for examples to fit the questions. I can't help thinking that with Sheffield being bang in the centre of the country and also Seb Coe's home town the organisers might have found somewhere closer to hold the interviews.

Foilling Around
-25th June 2011, 12:03
Had my interview yesterday. It is probably because I am so old, but I had to stop giving examples when the interviewer ran out of space to write in!

Anarch
-27th June 2011, 08:02
Had my interview yesterday. It is probably because I am so old, but I had to stop giving examples when the interviewer ran out of space to write in!

I know that feeling. So I tried to restrict myself to one or two more recent ones. Having interviewed people using that sort of method I know that it is the recent and relevant ones that are best. It was the question about "What do you do in fencing" that caused me to start to run out of space. It was a bit worrying the number of different things I do, even if only sometimes.

max
-19th September 2011, 16:11
Has anyone any idea when we will receive confirmation, or otherwise? The test event is fast approaching and accommodation needs sorting.

PM1
-19th September 2011, 21:54
Don't know. I have another interview in November, mind......for a specific post.....

max
-21st September 2011, 18:04
I've just received an email confirming that I'm on the pre warm up team for the test event. Not sure what's involved but if they expect me to warm up the foilists before a fight then they've picked the wrong chap.

Lefty Foilist
-21st September 2011, 19:27
If you bring them a cuppa, that counts as warming them up. ;)

max
-6th October 2011, 09:49
There's now a document outlining sample volunteer roles: http://www.london2012.com/documents/volunteering/fencing.pdf

It looks like we're expected to clean up at the end of the day, not exactly what we were promised at the interviews, more a case of cheap cleaners.

purple
-17th October 2011, 09:52
I'd say be open, and find out when you get there.

purple
-1st November 2011, 09:32
Well, just had an e-mail with my shifts in. It was a good job I had already booked my travel for the Monday, rather than late Sunday, since the Sunday shift appears to me 3PM - 9PM.

I bet all the Londoners get to go home for 5PM ;-)

Carte Noire
-1st November 2011, 11:43
Ah no. My shifts are 2-8 friday and saturday and then 6:30AM til 2 on the Sunday!

It will take me about an hour to get to and from the venue normally. However first thing on a Sunday morning? I will get in at about 9:30 the night before and will need to leave about 3AM to get there!

max
-1st November 2011, 13:01
My hours are quite civilised in comparison: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Friday and 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm Saturday. We've booked an apartment within walking distance for 3 nights and are using this visit to the smoke as a mini-break.

sabregran
-1st November 2011, 18:27
My hours are quite civilised in comparison: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Friday and 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm Saturday. We've booked an apartment within walking distance for 3 nights and are using this visit to the smoke as a mini-break.

Very civilised, I think. My shortest shift in the three days is 8 hours, though the earliest start is 8am.

Saxon
-2nd November 2011, 15:28
There's now a document outlining sample volunteer roles: http://www.london2012.com/documents/volunteering/fencing.pdf

It looks like we're expected to clean up at the end of the day, not exactly what we were promised at the interviews, more a case of cheap cleaners.

Sorry to drag the thread back but I've been a trifle busy recently...

I would like to point out that this is already exactly what those who currently assist with all BF and other competitions have to do at the end of each day. That is, go round with black bin bags and clear up the newspapers, empty drinks bottles, full (still sealed) drinks bottles, empty and (ugh) half empty coffee cups, food containers, banana skins, muesli bar wrappers, underwear, weapons, tracksuits, tape, wires, sandwiches, and whatever other lost or discarded property the fencers leave around once they have carefully packed their bags, and left for the day - of course, taking a look behind them to make sure they have not left anything lying around.

Turns my stomach every time I have to do it, but since the fencers seem incapable of it, we have no choice.

I should point out that the "higher level" the event, generally the worse is the pile of refuse left behind. At the EYC a couple of years ago, the Saturday saw a small cricket practice room being used for the 5-nations. At the end of that day, there were six or seven black bags full, more than the entire main arena where hundreds of juniors had been fencing. To be quite honest it was utterly foul.

These events don't just happen by magic - there is usually an 8-hour setup that you don't see, a 4-hour takedown that you might see if you're around long enough, and plenty of clearing up in between that (it would seem) goes unnoticed.

So yes, expect a little "clearing" (notice the document does not mention cleaning), and yes - I expect I'll be doing it too.

Danum
-2nd November 2011, 23:39
Much as I hate having to say it "I agree with all you say" as I have been there, done it but not worn the T shirt as it is usually wet and smelly.:)

J_D
-3rd November 2011, 16:19
I have been invited to the test event and have a schedule for the warm-up team leader training on the Thursday, but my shifts have not yet been published for the weekend. Has anybody else in a similar role seen theirs? I have contacted the 2012 people, but they ask me to wait a few more days.

I also did the scoring operator event in the summer, but so far I've seen nothing to show that there will be a similar test at this event. Any news anyone?