Were you among the 30,000-odd applicants for a Tour Maker role at Yorkshire’s Grand Départ in July? Well, you may have already received an email informing you that the selection process has moved on to the next stage.
The Tour Makers project will consist of a 10,000-strong team of volunteers playing an important part in ensuring that the two million spectators expected to line Yorkshire’s roads experience the Tour de France safely.
The prospective Tour Makers - who will be assisting the public on stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Tour - have been emailed an expanded application process, with more questions, a writing brief and their clothing measurements.
The project is being run by Welcome to Yorkshire, the official destination management organisation for the county, and they have teamed up with supermarket chain Asda to provide the uniforms for the Tour Makers.
The project manager at Asda, Richard Mason, wants everyone who registered initially to follow that interest up by continuing the process.
“The programme is now stepping up a gear and we’re delighted to get to this next crucial stage,” Mason said.
“I really want to encourage everybody who has registered an interest to now take the next step of filling out their application form.
“We’re really looking forward to recruiting passionate volunteers who want to be a part of history by becoming an official Tour Maker in one of the world’s greatest sporting events.”
The project has received backing from big names such as last year’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome, pictured above showing off the Tour Makers uniforms, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
The Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, hailed the backing that the public has shown though, saying: “We have had a massive response from the public since we announced the Tour was coming and it shows there is a huge public appetite to get involved in this momentous event.”
The Tour de France gets underway on July 5 in Leeds.
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