Going Out: Volunteer at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Denzil Pinto 10:29 26/12/2015
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Volunteers with 2015 winner Gary Stal.

As the world’s best players prepare to travel to the UAE capital next month, here’s your chance to be involved in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by signing up as a volunteer.

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World number one Jordan Spieth headlines a strong field, including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and also three-time winner Martin Kaymer at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the January 21 to 24 tournament, the opener of the European Tour season.

With places filling up fast, there’s still time to become one of the 450 volunteers and play your part in making the 11th edition a success. Besides playing an integral role in the Championship’s success, duty roles will vary from marshalling and stewarding, walking scorers, operating the leaderboards and measuring the lengths of the players’ tee shots for international television and tournament statistics.

“Would-be volunteers are enticed by the opportunity to get up close with golf’s elite including Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler,” said Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s Director of Marketing and Communication.

“This really is a memorable experience for golf fans and engages them with a legacy community which shares great enthusiasm and friendship.”

Signed Up: Jordan Spieth.

And in line with Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s drive to open sporting opportunities to the Emirati community, a significant cut of the expected 450 volunteers will be chosen from Abu Dhabi schools.

Al Qubaisi added: “It’s important the tournament becomes a solid platform from which to introduce more local people to sport and the game of golf, whilst also providing an invaluable team-working environment which is a highly transferable skill that volunteers can take back to both school and working life.”

The tournament has gone from strength to strength since its maiden edition in 2006 and is one of the elite events on the sporting calendar in the UAE. It’s no surprise, there has been a high demand of applications from not just the UAE but around the world. 

Martin Baldock, the Championship’s Chief Marshall said: “Each year, we see people from all over the world taking time off work to travel and participate. In recent years there’s been a significantly higher number of Emirati volunteers who have loved the experience – a sure indicator of how the game is growing in popularity amongst the local community.”

What: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Volunteering 
Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
When: January 21 to 24
Contact: For more information and to apply, visit www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com

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