Gems set to shine at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

The volunteer programme for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 was launched earlier this month and more than 1,000 people have already applied to help out at the four day Championships, which will be held at Arena Birmingham from 1 to 4 March.

Today (20 September), the official name for the volunteers was unveiled as it was revealed that the 400 people, who will be selected to help ensure that the event is a success, will be known as gems.

The name has been chosen because volunteers are so valuable to the organisers of major sports events, as they simply couldn’t be held without them. The gems name is also a nod to Birmingham’s world renowned Jewellery Quarter, a unique area located just a stone’s throw from Arena Birmingham, which dates back 250 years and which is home to more than 500 jewellery businesses.

The gems identity was appropriately unveiled by 400m runner and IAAF World Championship silver medallist Emily Diamond who said:

“Volunteers really are gems as they are so valuable to major sports, many of which just couldn’t be staged without them. As an athlete, I’m always delighted and amazed that lots of wonderful people are willing to give up their time to come and help out at a major event like the IAAF World Indoor Championships and it is great news that so many people have already applied to be a volunteer at this event in March. “

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event, which will be the biggest indoor sports event that Birmingham has staged for 15 years, can apply now at and this website also has lots more information about the Championships. The application deadline is 5pm on 29 September, so time is running out to apply. You need to be aged over 18 if you want to apply but no experience is needed, as any role specific training required will be provided.

There are a huge variety of volunteer roles available as Championships Director, Joan Durose explains:

“We are looking for people who have a sparkling personality to fulfil a selection of different roles, which include helping to look after the teams competing at the event, customer services roles where you would be providing assistance to spectators or working in the media centre, ensuring that the journalists and photographers from across the globe have all the information that they need.
“Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and it’s also a good opportunity to learn new skills or enhance your CV.”

The organisers of the Championships are looking to use this major event as a way of profiling the city and with this in mind, the event’s official mascot, Ruby the red panda, was unveiled a couple of months ago. Her name was selected as another way of highlighting Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and a red panda was chosen as a way of acknowledging the important work that the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park does to protect and breed this endangered species.

The inclusion of the Birmingham skyline in the official logo for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 and the creation of an event ‘Supergraphic’ (a graphical element included on all of the promotional material), using an aerial view of Spaghetti Junction, are other ways that the organisers have already been celebrating some of Birmingham’s best known landmarks and highlighting different areas of the city.

More information about the volunteer programme is available at and you can email any queries to

If your application is successful, you’ll be contacted in October and invited to attend an interview for a volunteer role at the Championships. All successful applicants will then be allocated roles in January 2018.



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