Vietnam invests in training Asian Cup volunteers

Around 100 volunteers are ready to serve the largest event in the history of Vietnam football, the AFC Asian Cup 2007, which will take place from 7-29 July. These volunteers will be present at ‘hot points’ such as the airport, stadiums and hotels. In recent football events, considered ‘rehearsals’ for Asian Cup 2007, football officials, international guests and football teams have expressed satisfaction with the professionalism of the volunteers who were selected from second and third-year students at Hanoi University.

According to requirements of the Asian Football Confederation, volunteers must be proficient in English. and must be active, whole-hearted and friendly. Four training courses on communication skills and specialised skills have equipped volunteers with professional style. “We are taught everything, even small details such as Muslim women don’t shake hands and Muslim people don’t eat pork, etc. I and my friends understand that as the host country, we have to minimise mistakes,” Chu Tien Loi, a third-year student at Hanoi University told VietNamNet Bridge.

Volunteers practiced at three international friendly matches between the Vietnam Olympic squad and Indonesia, Jamaica and Bahrain. "The recent friendly matches showed that Vietnam’s volunteers are very professional in communication and specialised skills,” said a communications official of AFC.