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On the 10th of December 2015 at PRUE the official opening of the Volunteer center of a Football World Cup FIFA 2018 in Russia.
In May 2015 the Organizing Committee "Russia- 2018" announced the beginning of the competition among the Universities for the right to create centers to train volunteers for the Football World Cup FIFA 2018 in Russia. In September 2015 Competitive commission headed by Vitaliy Mutko, the chairman of the Organizing Committee "Russia- 2018", the minister of sports in Russian Federation, chose 15 universities-winners in 11 countries- organizers of the World Cup. The Volunteer program consists of several stages: attraction, selection and training of the volunteers and, also the organization of their work during the conduction of Championship matches. In the events of the Confederation Cup FIFA 2017 and Football World Cup FIFA 2018 in Russia more than 20 000 volunteers would be involved.
"The opening of a volunteer center for us is obviously very important event, a possibility to impose a contribution in the development of volunteer movement in Russia the driving force of which became the Olympic Games at Sochi. At Plekhanov University exists profile direction- we train managers in sports industry and participation in such projects as Football World Cup is a great possibility for our students to get professional skills on practice, take direct part in planning and realization of the events of world scale"- noted Viktor Grishin, rector of PRUE.
The event was hosted on two platforms. One of which was main building of Plekhanov University where the panel discussion about the development of volunteer sports movement in Russia with a participation of Tatiana Gomzyakova, director of the department working with volunteers of Organizational Committee "Russia- 2018", Alexey Bolvachev, vice rector of educational and methodical work at PRUE, Rezeda Valiullina, director of educational work center, took place. During the meeting students had a chance to ask the questions about the realization of the volunteer program of the Championship and get to know some details about the activity of the Center in Plekhanov University. During a big break at the hall of the third building interactive panels "To a football World Cup FIFA 2018 in Russia" were functioning. Students filled the banner with their wishes to national football team of Russia, took part in the quiz, saw the performance of one of the strongest teams of football freestyle Street Madness and "Sabotage" team, the champions of cheerleading 2014. Over 1000 people became spectators and volunteers at the platforms of Plekhanov University and over 700 of students and members of staff applied to participate in Volunteer corpus.
At the same time an unofficial part of the event took place on the territory of football manege "Spartak" at Sokol'niki. PRUE's team had a friendly match with 50 children of an age between 3 and 11. Some children who were invented to participate belong to socially vulnerable groups. Future volunteers had two times 10 minutes each and managed to score three goals to a student team. The same amout of goals young footballers missed. All the participants got presents, souvenir t-shirts, took part in the photosession and left vide messages to volunteers and footballers.
The Volunteer center of football World Cup FIFA 2018 in Russia is located at Stremyanniy lane, house 36, room 312 and is opened daily from 10:00 am until 18:30 pm.