Tour Maker training kicks off at the Leeds Arena - with special guests
Thousands of Grand Depart Tour Makers got a flavour of what to expect when the Tour de France starts this July at an orientation event at the Leeds Arena on Saturday.
It included a sneak preview of the uniform, designed by George, and a special ‘Good Luck’ message from Educating Yorkshire’s Mr Burton. Brian Robinson, the first Briton to complete the tour and the first to win a tour stage, was guest of honour. And Yorkshire Olympic sporting hero Nicola Adams thanked the audience of over 5,000 Tour Makers for the important contribution they are going to make at the Grand Depart.
This is the first time that this spectacular sporting event has used volunteers and Asda is proud to support the volunteer programme – providing recruitment, training and even the uniform for over 10,000 volunteers.
Lots of our colleagues are getting involved and volunteering. Richard Mason, project manager for the Tour Maker programme, said: "Asda has its roots firmly placed in Yorkshire and we’re recognised for our outstanding customer service and our tradition of bringing communities together.
“The hosting of the start of the world’s largest sporting event is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Asda is proud to be supporting this event. Rather than simply sponsor the race, we wanted to get involved in something that will help showcase the communities that the Tour is passing through.
“We are very pleased to be sharing our expertise and bringing together all of these amazing volunteers. Our volunteers were chosen in a similar manner to how we recruit our colleagues; recruit for attitude and train for skill.”
The 2014 Grand Depart will begin with two stages in Yorkshire with a lively carnival atmosphere to celebrate the event and get things off to a flying start. It will then move south for a third stage running from Cambridge to London. Find out more here.